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Bone marrow aspiration
Bone marrow aspiration


Acute lymphocytic leukemia - photomicrograph
Acute lymphocytic leukemia - photomicrograph


Auer rods
Auer rods


Chronic lymphocytic leukemia - microscopic view
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia - microscopic view


Chronic myelocytic leukemia - microscopic view
Chronic myelocytic leukemia - microscopic view


Chronic myelocytic leukemia
Chronic myelocytic leukemia


Chronic myelocytic leukemia
Chronic myelocytic leukemia


Cryoglobulinemia - of the fingers
Cryoglobulinemia - of the fingers


Antibodies
Antibodies


Definition:

Leukemia is a group of bone marrow diseases involving an uncontrolled increase in white blood cells (leukocytes).

For information about a specific type of leukemia, see the following:

See also: Leukemia resources



Causes, incidence, and risk factors:



Symptoms:



Signs and tests:



Treatment:



Support Groups:



Expectations (prognosis):



Complications:



Calling your health care provider:



Prevention:



References:

Appelbaum FR. The acute leukemias. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 194.

Kantarjian H, O’Brien S. The chronic leukemias. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 195.




Review Date: 3/2/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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