What is the role of CT scanning and MRI in the workup of pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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If the patient has abdominal pain and possible infection of the large bowel, computed tomography (CT) scanning may reveal thickening and edema of the bowel wall suggestive of typhlitis.

If a patient has neurologic symptoms, CT scanning or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head, spine, or other involved region is mandatory to rule out intracranial hemorrhage or infiltrative disease.

CT scanning may also allow early detection of asymptomatic sinusitis that might cause persistent, unexplained fevers.

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