Leukaemia - Leukaemia Epidemiology Leukaemia has an annual...

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Leukaemia Epidemiology Leukaemia has an annual incidence of 5 per 100,000 populations. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is commonest between the ages of 2 and 10, with a peak incidence between the ages of 3 and 4. It is the commonest malignant disease of childhood and accounts for 85% of all childhood leukaemia cases. Acute Myeloid Leukaemia is the commonest leukaemia in adults. Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia is more common in 40-60 year olds. Diagnosis Physical examination may reveal globally enlarged lymph nodes and an enlarged spleen. Diagnosis is usually based on a repeated Full Blood Count and a Bone marrow Biopsy following observations of the symptoms, however, in rare cases blood tests may not show if a patient has leukaemia, usually this is because the leukaemia is in the early stages or has entered remission. A lymph node biopsy can be performed as well in order to diagnose certain types of leukaemia in certain situations. Patients with leukaemia are usually anaemic, have a low platelet count and elevated white cell numbers.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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