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Forum Name: Leukemia

Question: Leukemia vs mononucleosis - how is a differentiation made?

 musician - Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:38 am

I am a 63 year old man. I have had a sore throat, sinus congestion, cold and cough, swollen glands in my neck and fatigue for over a month and a half. I have had three courses of antibiotic, and yesterday was told I may have a "low level" leukemia. It seems to me that my symptoms could be consist with mono. How is a differentiation made between mono and leukemia?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:16 am

User avatar Hi there,

I am presuming there's a good reason (other than your symptoms) for your doctor to consider the diagnosis of leukemia. Leukemia is a lab diagnosis and your blood counts could suggest the diagnosis. In such a case they may increase or decrease (in more severe cases).

Mononucleosis may present with generalized lymph node enlargement (neck, armpits, groins). It appears to me that your lymph nodes are restricted to the neck area and this may be consistent with your upper respiratory tract infection.

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