Which lab tests are used in the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Laboratory tests include the following:

  • Complete blood cell count studies for anemia, lymphopenia, neutrophilia, or eosinophilia

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

  • Lactate dehydrogenase

  • Serum creatinine

  • Alkaline phosphatase

  • A test for HIV is important because antiviral therapies can improve disease outcomes in HIV-positive patients [3] ; screening for hepatitis B and C should also be considered

  • Serum levels of cytokines (interleukin [IL]-6, IL-10) and soluble CD25 (IL-2 receptor) correlate with tumor burden, systemic symptoms, and prognosis


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