Diagnosis of Leukemia
Diagnostic Test list for Leukemia:
The list of medical tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Leukemia
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Leukemia:
To find the cause of a person's symptoms, the doctor asks
about the patient's medical history and does a physical exam.
In addition to checking general signs of health, the doctor
feels for swelling in the liver; the spleen; and the lymph
nodes under the arms, in the groin, and in the neck.
Blood tests also help in the diagnosis. A sample of blood
is examined under a microscope to see what the cells look like
and to determine the number of mature cells and blasts.
Although blood tests may reveal that a patient has leukemia,
they may not show what type of leukemia it is.
To check further for leukemia cells or to tell what type of
leukemia a patient has, a hematologist ,
examines a sample of bone marrow under a microscope. The
doctor withdraws the sample by inserting a needle into a large
bone (usually the hip) and removing a small amount of liquid
bone marrow. This procedure is called bone
marrow aspiration . A bone
marrow biopsy is performed with a larger needle and
removes a small piece of bone and bone marrow.
If leukemia cells are found in the bone marrow sample, the
patient's doctor orders other tests to find out the extent of
the disease. A spinal tap (lumbar
puncture ) checks for leukemia cells in the fluid that
fills the spaces in and around the brain and spinal cord
fluid ). Chest x-rays
can reveal signs of disease in the chest. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Leukemia: NCI)
Diagnosis of Leukemia: medical news summaries:
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