Hairy cell leukaemia

Hairy cell leukaemia

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of 'hairy cell' leukaemia (HCL) showing B lymphocytes and red blood cells. It was previously thought that 'hairy cell' leukaemia was due to the malignant proliferation of histiocytic cells, but these cells are now thought to be B cells. Leukaemia is a malignant disease in which the bone marrow & other blood-forming organs overproduce certain types of white blood cell. These immature & abnormal cells suppress normal production of white & red cells, thereby increasing the susceptibility to infections such as anaemia. Magnification: x6000 at 10x8 inch size.

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Keywords: b-lymphocyte, b-lymphocytes, cancer, cancerous, cell, condition, disease, disorder, hairy, hairy cell leukaemia, hcl, healthcare, leukaemia, leukaemic, leukemia, malignancy, malignant, medical, medicine, scanning electron micrograph, sem

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