Test your knowledge on haematology

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Question 1

How is it thought that acute lymphoblastic leukaemia develops?

Most children who develop acute lymphoblastic leukaemia are thought to be born with an initial genetic mutation and then a second factor such as that triggered by infection occurs later to induce malignancy.
Question 2

What are the presenting signs and symptoms of acute leukaemia?


Presenting signs and symptoms are often non-specific such as weakness and fatigue but there may be signs of infection or easy bruising and bleeding such as petechiae.

Question 3

What is the mainstay of treatment for acute leukaemia?


Intensive combination chemotherapy given mainly intravenously in an in-patient setting often requiring additional support with blood products and intravenous antimicrobials.

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