Question I was diagnosed 4 years ago with Gitelman Disease with hypokalemia as the prevalent symptom. I have labwork completed at Vanderbilt yearly and they also check for signs of leukemia. My nephrologist informed me that I could have a slow growing form of leukemia. He stated that it's almost a given that Gitelman patients have hypomagnesia as well and others in the family usually have it(which neither is true in my case). I also have Hashimoto autoimmune disease. I have had itchy skin since last Summer, flareups of eczema, and fatigue. Recently, I found a non tender lump under armpit(in the upper area). I also bleed a lot when cut. I found this out when I cut my leg last August and started bleeding profusely in the hallway after getting stitches. The Dr. asked again if I was on blood thinners. So, I thank you in advance for your input.
Answer Well the risk is certainly there. The only tests to find our that I can recommend - apart from the usual hematologic blood tests - are fine/thin needle aspiration biopsies of the lymph glands you have found and bone marrow biopsies. If they are all negative there is at least no sure signs of any leukemia.
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