What are the symptoms of leukostasis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Although patients may present with symptoms of leukostasis (eg, respiratory distress, altered mental status) because of the presence of large numbers of lymphoblasts in the peripheral circulation, leukostasis is much less common in people with ALL than those with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), and it occurs only in patients with the highest WBC counts (ie, several hundred thousand per μL).


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