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How is childhood leukemia diagnosed?

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Initial tests may include:

  • Blood tests to measure the number of blood cells and see how they look. A specialist called a pathologist examines the cells under a microscope. She also checks bone marrow samples for the number of blood-forming cells and fat cells.
  • Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, usually taken from the pelvic bone, to confirm a diagnosis
  • Lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, to check for spread of leukemia cells in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord

From: Childhood Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/11/2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

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