Hairy cell leukemia diagnosis
Diagnosing hairy cell leukemia requires looking at the signs and symptoms, suspecting the disease, and then running diagnostic tests to find out the cause of the symptoms. The workup of hairy cell leukemia usually includes:
1) Complete blood count
The first step, and usually the main reason why patients are diagnosed is after a complete blood count with characteristic pancytopenia (anemia, monocytopenia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia with an elevated white blood cell count).