Leukemia can be diagnosed by doctors when they detect lumps and other abnormalities after a physical examination. Leukemia causes have their origin in family history and there are other tests such as the bone marrow sampling procedure, CBC or complete blood test (platelets, white blood cells, red blood cells), peripheral blood smears, etc. that are helpful in the diagnosis of leukemia cancer.
Cytogenic analysis, in which a blood sample is checked for chromosomal changes in lymphocytes, is recommended to diagnose leukemia. Regular biopsy and lymph node biopsy are useful for leukemia diagnosis and detection. To help diagnose leukemia, spinal fluid is examined by spinal taps and lumbar punctures. Leukemia in children can be detected using MRI, X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and other procedures.
Leukemia in children is marked by joint and bone pains, infections, high fever, abnormal bleeding, etc. Headache, vomiting, tiredness and weakness, swelling of the abdomen, persistent fatigue, and lymph node and thymus enlargement are other symptoms of leukemia in children.
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