Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Appointments

Mayo Clinic accepts appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System sites.

To diagnose the condition, your child may need the following:

  • Blood tests. If your child's white blood cell count is abnormal, a Mayo Clinic pediatric hematologist will work closely with lab specialists and others to determine the type of white blood cell disorder and the cause.
  • Bone marrow biopsy. Doctors insert a thin needle into the bone to collect a tissue sample and then examine the cells under a microscope.
  • Additional tests. More tests, such as imaging tests, may be needed for proper diagnosis. In tests that involve radiation, specialists carefully monitor doses to avoid the risk of radiation overexposure.
Jul. 09, 2014

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