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Leukemoid reaction

A leukemoid reaction is a reactive increase in the white blood cell count, which can mimic leukemia.The reaction is actually due to an infection or another disease and is not a sign of cancer.

Blood counts usually return to normal when the underlying condition is treated.



Nola M, Dotlic S. The hematopoietic and lymphoid systems. In: Damjanov I, ed. Pathology Secrets. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2009:chap 9.

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Update Date 5/29/2014