Hairy cell leukaemia
Last updated: Saturday, 04, December, 2010
A chronic lymphoproliferative disorder of B cell origin, characterised by the presence of 'hairy' cells in the blood and bone marrow.
See also Chronic leukaemia
Investigations include FBC, blood film, differential WCC; bone marrow aspiration and trephine biopsy; cell immunophenotyping and cytochemistry (tartrate resistant acid phosphatase) on blood and/or bone marrow aspirate.
Severe monocytopenia is common.