CORE LABORATORY
Don't have an account? Sign Up

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

Overview

“Acute” means that the leukemia can progress quickly, and if not treated, would probably be fatal within a few months. “Lymphocytic” means it develops from early (immature) forms of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.2

 

This is the most common type of leukemia in young children. ALL can also occur in adults.1

 

ALL starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made). Most often, the leukemia cells invade the blood fairly quickly. They can also sometimes spread to other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles (in males).2

 

Symptoms
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Bone pain
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent or severe nosebleeds
  • Lumps caused by swollen lymph nodes in and around the neck, underarm, abdomen or groin
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, fatigue or a general decrease in energy1

 

Causes

It’s not clear what causes the DNA mutations that can lead to acute lymphocytic leukemia. But doctors have found that most cases of acute lymphocytic leukemia aren’t inherited.

 

Factors that may increase the risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia include:

  • Previous cancer treatment
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Genetic disorders
  • Having a brother or sister with ALL1

 

FEATURED CASES

FEATURED CASE
Blasts (Suspected Acute Leukemia) | Alinity hq
EXPLORE THE CASE
FEATURED CASE
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) | CELL-DYN Ruby
EXPLORE THE CASE
FEATURED CASE
Acute Leukemia | CELL-DYN Ruby
EXPLORE THE CASE
1. Mayo Clinic. Acute lymphocytic leukemia. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20369077
2. American Cancer Society. Acute lymphocytic leukemia. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/about/what-is-all.html
Image source: Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology http://atlasgeneticsoncology.org/Anomalies/LymphoidLeukDownSyndromeID1784.html

Alinity h-series is available in select countries, not including the US.
©2021 Abbott, Abbott Park, Illinois, U.S.A.

Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise specified, all product and service names appearing in this Internet site are trademarks owned by or licensed to Abbott, its subsidiaries or affiliates. No use of any Abbott trademark, trade name, or trade dress in this site may be made without the prior written authorization of Abbott, except to identify the product or services of the company.

All Alinity hq, CELL-DYN Ruby and CELL-DYN Sapphire instruments are Class I laser products. ACCELERATOR a3600 is a Class II laser product. 

The Alinity, ACCELERATOR and CELL-DYN systems are intended for performing in vitro diagnostic assays on samples of human origin (blood, urine). Read the instructions in the system manuals and labeling and/or reagent instructions carefully. Manufacturer or Authorized Representative: Abbott Germany.

Alinity h-series is available in select countries, not including the US.