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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

New Approaches for a Common Disease

Diagnosis Diagram

Slide 22

October 2008

This cartoon outlines the sequence of events that one follows in reaching a diagnosis in these patients. First of all in the peripheral blood, the CBC and differential count, together with the immunophenotype, are the principal components needed to reach a diagnostic decision. Occasionally, a bone marrow specimen may be helpful but is certainly not required in examination of these patients. Once a diagnosis is reached, classification to CLL, MBL, or other B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders may then be accomplished.

Diagnosis Diagram


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