Fast Five Quiz: Acute Leukemia

Emmanuel C. Besa, MD

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October 22, 2019

Whereas chronic leukemia is slow-growing, acute leukemia grows fast and rapidly progresses. Thus, quickly diagnosing the condition and initiating appropriate treatment is vital.

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a malignant (clonal) disease of the bone marrow in which early lymphoid precursors proliferate and replace the normal hematopoietic cells of the marrow. Most cases of ALL occur in children; however, most deaths related to ALL occur in the adult population.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a malignant disease of the bone marrow in which hematopoietic precursors are arrested in an early stage of development. Patients with AML present with symptoms resulting from bone marrow failure or organ infiltration with leukemic cells, or both. The time course varies.

Are you familiar with key aspects of acute leukemia, as well as best practices for diagnosis and treatment? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.

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