LeukocytosisSome people with AML will present with a very high white blood cell count, which is called leukocytosis and can cause symptoms for the patient, including headache, shortness of breath and chest pain. In some cases, chemotherapy will be started right away to lower the white blood cell count, but in other cases, it may take a few days to clarify the diagnosis or complete the pretreatment testing (bone marrow biopsy, evaluate heart function). For those patients, leukopheresis may be performed while the testing is completed. This is a procedure that removes white blood cells from the blood and returns the rest of the blood to the patient (it is similar to dialysis). Some centers may administer a chemotherapy called hydrea that lowers the white blood cell count also, although there is some controversy as to which method is more effective. Either is a temporary reduction in the WBC count, which without further chemotherapy will continue to rise.http://oncocancer.com/cancer-types/acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml.html
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