Cancer Keys: Leukaemia and Bruising

Leukaemia is a cancer that begins in the bone marrow, leading to the over production of white blood cells. This can negatively affect the blood’s platelet count and in turn, impact the blood’s ability to clot.

Potential Pitfall

Many of us experience bruising, with presentation common in groups such as the elderly population (with thinner skin and more fragile tissue), or active young adults or children playing regular sport. However, patients presenting with bruising without a clear cause should be reason for further consideration.

Helpful hint

A reduced platelet count caused by leukaemia can reduce a patient’s clotting ability. As a result, they may present with unexplained bruising.

NICE NG12 guidelines advise consider a very urgent full blood count (within 48 hours) to assess for leukaemia in children, young people or adults with unexplained bruising or bleeding.

 

Cancer Keys brought to you by GatewayC.

Download this Cancer Key here.

Access GatewayC’s course on early diagnosis of chronic leukaemia here. 

LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

Latest from the Blog

Tips on how to record a consultation effectively

Tips on how to record a consultation effectively

Friday 2nd October 2020 Did you miss our free webinar on Safety Netting in Primary Care? Watch it here. Mr Malcolm Wilson, Consultant Colorectal, Peritoneal and Pelvic Oncology Surgeon and Clinical Negligence Advisor, commonly sees clinical negligence cases that...

read more

Related Posts

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.