Cancer of the blood or the bone marrow is known as leukemia. It is caused when the damage to the genetic material of immature blood cells, mainly white blood cells, results in the continuous formation of new abnormal blood cells. The healthy blood cells die in time, but these abnormal blood cells do not die and get accumulated.

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Do I have leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, My blood test shows lymphocytes 60% where the normal range is 20% to 45%. I had immunophenotyping and the values are CD23 - 2.11%, CD19 - 0.30% and CD5 - 79.9%. What does it indicate? Am I a leukemia patient? Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would also like to know the total leukocyte count, platelets, RBC (red blood cell) count.Did you have ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)? Is this the only CBC (complete blood count) you ever had? Is there any fever, chills or weight loss?Please answer these questio...  Read Full »

Will my CBC be normal if I have leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 36 years old. Will my CBC be normal if I have leukemia? For the past several months, I have been exhausted, had constant headaches, have bruises appearing without injury sometimes in strange places like my stomach, and have joint and bone pain. My dad has lymphoma, and my maternal ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion it is as follows, 1. It is highly unlikely. 2. Bruises, if it is appearing, could be platelet or vascular disorder. As CBC (complete blood count) is normal, platelet disorder is ruled out. Vascular disorder, if present requires study...  Read Full »

Why am I having a bruise under my foot and petechiae on my arm?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in my early twenties. I am concerned that I have leukemia. I have a bruise under my foot that I noticed yesterday. I walk barefoot in the garden, and I remember stepping on a stone which was painful, so it could be a bruise from that. The biggest thing that concerns me is that I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most of the skin lesions seem either traumatic or due to compression. There are no petechiae but bruises. Females have more tendency to bruise than males, normally. CBC (complete blood count) shows a normal pattern, except for your hemoglobin, which is on the borderline...  Read Full »

My neutrophil is getting lowered constantly. Is it leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor,I have lowering (variable) neutrophil for past two years. The count is like 2.6, 2.3, 2.0, 2.43, 1.91 being recent, which is lower than usual. The other counts like lymphocytes, platelets, and hemoglobin, RBC are all within range. My only problem is I am getting recurring cold. In the l...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Your absolute neutrophil count is borderline low in the recent report. In the value of the previous description was within the range that is more than two. So it cannot be called persistent neutropenia because the normal range is more than two. Anyway, your perip...  Read Full »

Neutrophil count has dropped. Could this be a relapse of leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband had AML nine years ago and was discharged in remission. He is now on a once-a-year review with the oncologist. Yesterday, he went for his checkup and discovered that the neutrophils have dropped. Below please find his readings: WBC 4.07, RBC 4.96, hemoglobin 15.0, platelets 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your total WBC (white blood cell) count is within the limit and only neutrophils dropped down slightly. There are many causes for dropping in neutrophils count and infection like certain viral infections can sometimes lead to bone marrow suppression of neutrophils se...  Read Full »

My son's doctor suspects lymphoma. Can it not be a simple infection?

Query: Hi doctor, My son had a full blood count as he experienced fever (38 degrees) for the past 10 days. The onset of fever is around 5 PM. I took him to the emergency department and they are questioning whether he may have lymphoma. His WBC was 16.65x10 e3/uL, LY% 5.6, BO% 26.8, NE 9.73. Can it not be a...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. His total leukocyte count is increased but the main reason for your doctor's suspicion for a hematolymphoid malignancy is the high basophil percentage. Leukemia is diagnosed by the presence of blasts more than 20 % in the blood and/or bone marrow and more than 25 % i...  Read Full »

I had a medical error in taking Cladribine. What can I expect?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a medical error in taking Cladribine infusion within 30 minutes for four days out of seven days. The treatment is supposed to be taken 24 hours a day. What is the procedure currently required and is there any danger in the short-term and long-term and whether the treatment was ta...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cladribine is an antineoplastic drug used mainly in hairy cell leukemia. It is also used in other hematolymphoid malignancies. Since you have not mentioned the condition you are receiving the drug for, I am assuming that it is for hairy cell leukemia. The main advers...  Read Full »

Can we get the blood test reports done for detecting leukemia in our 5-year-old daughter within a day?

Query: Hello doctor, My five-year-old daughter underwent blood tests today to detect leukemia. My wife was told she would get a phone call today if the results were positive. However, I have read on the internet that it takes two to three weeks for the results to come. Were we given the wrong information,...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Leukemia is diagnosed with three tests: The first is a simple blood test CBC (complete blood count), in which the results come within a few hours. A blood film which takes a few minutes. Bone marrow biopsy is a confirmatory test that g...  Read Full »

Can mild neutrophilia and borderline high TLC indicate cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have mild absolute neutrophilia and high-end borderline TLC. Can this be a sign of cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are doing well in the pandemic. The signs and symptoms associated with neutrophilia are those of infections. Sore throat, skin infection, chest infection, and urogenital infections are common. Moreover, neutrophilia can occur due to stress, steroid use, hormo...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with leukemia, but my blood report confirmed that my WBC count has become normal. Does it mean that I do not have leukemia now?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with leukemia, and I have been taking the tablet Imatinib 400 mg. My blood report confirmed that my white blood cell count has become normal. Does this mean that I do not have leukemia? Can I live a normal life now? I am planning to get married in a few years. Will my c...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are on Imatinib therapy because you had CML (chronic myeloid leukemia). From the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), a normal white blood cell (WBC) count shows that you are in the stage of hematological remission. I suggest ...  Read Full »

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