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What is Acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

What is Acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Cancer of the white blood cells. Precursors to white blood cells are called blasts and are made by the bone marrow but in ALL the blasts are abnormal and do not develop into lymphocytes. Instead, the abnormal blasts or leukemic cells multiply rapidly and reduce the level of other types of blood cells such as red blood cells and platelets.
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Leukemia with an acute onset, characterized by the presence of lymphoblasts or Burkitt cells in the bone marrow and the peripheral blood. It includes the precursor B lymphoblastic leukemia, precursor T lymphoblastic leukemia, and Burkitt's leukemia.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: acute leukemia characterized by proliferation of immature lymphoblast-like cells in bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and blood; most common in children.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Introduction

Types of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia:

Broader types of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia:

How serious is Acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Complications of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see complications of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

What causes Acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Causes of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see causes of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

What are the symptoms of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Symptoms of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see symptoms of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Complications of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see complications of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see treatments for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Research for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: see research for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Name and Aliases of Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Main name of condition: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Other names or spellings for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia:

Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Acute

ALL, Acute lymphocytic leukaemia Source - Diseases Database

Acute lymphocytic leukemia
Source - WordNet 2.1

 

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