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What is Hairy cell leukemia?

What is Hairy cell leukemia?

  • Hairy cell leukemia: A chronic leukemia which causes an excess of abnormal mononuclear cells which appear hair like under microscopy.
  • Hairy cell leukemia: Hairy cell leukemia is an uncommon type of chronic leukemia. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Leukemia: NCI)

Hairy cell leukemia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Hairy cell leukemia, or a subtype of Hairy cell leukemia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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

Hairy cell leukemia: Introduction

Types of Hairy cell leukemia:

Broader types of Hairy cell leukemia:

What causes Hairy cell leukemia?

Causes of Hairy cell leukemia: see causes of Hairy cell leukemia

What are the symptoms of Hairy cell leukemia?

Symptoms of Hairy cell leukemia: see symptoms of Hairy cell leukemia

Hairy cell leukemia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Hairy cell leukemia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Hairy cell leukemia.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Hairy cell leukemia: Oncologist, Hematologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Hairy cell leukemia.
Treatments for Hairy cell leukemia: see treatments for Hairy cell leukemia
Research for Hairy cell leukemia: see research for Hairy cell leukemia

Name and Aliases of Hairy cell leukemia

Main name of condition: Hairy cell leukemia

Other names or spellings for Hairy cell leukemia:

leukemic reticuloendotheliosis, HCL

HCL, Leukemic reticuloendotheliosis
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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