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What tests are used in the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer that affects stem cells that grow into white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Tests can diagnose it by looking for immature or abnormal cells in your blood and bone marrow:

  • Blood tests
  • Bone marrow tests
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Imaging tests
  • Gene tests

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Classified?" "How is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosed?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Diagnosis," "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Subtypes."

Mayo Clinic: "Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Tests and diagnosis."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Acute Myeloid Leukemia Symptoms & Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 13, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Classified?" "How is Acute Myeloid Leukemia Diagnosed?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Diagnosis," "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid -- AML -- Subtypes."

Mayo Clinic: "Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): Tests and diagnosis."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment (PDQ) - Patient Version."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Acute Myeloid Leukemia Symptoms & Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 13, 2017

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