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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is leukaemia cutis?

Leukaemia Cutis occurs when leukaemia (a cancer of white blood cells) cells enter the skin (cutis). It is the first sign of leukemia .

Symptoms of leukaemia cutis

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Skin hardening

Questions your doctor may ask to check for leukaemia cutis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose leukaemia cutis

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

Treatment for leukaemia cutis

Treatments for leukemia cutis include localized therapy using radiation, electron beam, surgery, light therapy, creams or ointments to remove or reduce skin lesions.

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