Hyperleukocytosis in Leukemia—An Emergency

  • Janice P. Dutcher


Hyperleukocytosis is defined as a white blood cell count (WBC) of greater than 100,000/µl and is usually a feature of myeloproliferative or lymphoproliferative disorders (leukemias). An elevated WBC may occur in the chronic leukemias, in which there is a proliferation of the mature forms of white blood cells, or in acute leukemias, including blastic crisis of chronic myelocytic leukemias, in which the hyperleukocytosis reflects primarily blasts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janice P. Dutcher
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of Medical OncologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of OncologyMontefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA

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