Cell type, percent of cells in blast phase
Bone Marrow Biopsy
Also called bone marrow aspiration. Aspiration of bone marrow cells to determine involvement by tumor. This procedure is used to diagnose leukemia. Bilateral bone marrow biopsies and aspirations should be done for accurate assessment of blast content.
Abnormal cytoplasmic granules which distinguish AML from ALL.
Cells in an immature stage of cellular development; also called stem cells.
Abnormal increase in the number of cells; leukocytosis (increased white cells); thrombocytosis (increased thrombocytes or platelets)
Leukemic involvement of the lungs or central nervous system characterized by thickening or "sludging" of blood vessels due to the increased number of cells in the blood.
Abnormal decrease in the number of cells; leukocytopenia (decreased white cells); thrombocytopenia (decreased platelets); neutropenia (decreased granulocytes); pancytopenia (decrease in all types of cells).
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