Friday 15 March 2013

Leukaemia mis-diagnosed

We know that childhood cancer is underdiagnosed in resource-limited settings. Patients presenting with leukaemia who have fever and anemia may be misdiagnosed as malaria, those with seizures and space-occupying lesion may be mis-diagnosed as tuberculoma or neurocysticercosis, etc. I have however not found a lot of evidence which investigates this phenomenon.

Then I came across this blogpost on Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation which talks about Dr Terry Vik's work  While reading 3000 slides for suspected malaria in children in Kenya, a trained technician picked up 5 possible cases of leukaemia. The study is in its early stages yet and I keenly look forward to its conclusion.

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