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Symptoms of adult chronic and acute leukaemia before diagnosis: large primary care case-control studies using electronic records

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of General Practice, February 2016
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Title
Symptoms of adult chronic and acute leukaemia before diagnosis: large primary care case-control studies using electronic records
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British Journal of General Practice, February 2016
DOI 10.3399/bjgp16x683989
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Elizabeth A Shephard, Richard D Neal, Peter W Rose, Fiona M Walter, Willie Hamilton

Abstract

Leukaemia is the eleventh commonest UK cancer. The four main subtypes have different clinical profiles, particularly between chronic and acute types. To identify the symptom profiles of chronic and acute leukaemia in adults in primary care. Matched case-control studies using Clinical Practice Research Datalink records. Putative symptoms of leukaemia were identified in the year before diagnosis. Conditional logistic regression was used for analysis, and positive predictive values (PPVs) were calculated to estimate risk. Of cases diagnosed between 2000 and 2009, 4655 were aged ≥40 years (2877 chronic leukaemia (CL), 937 acute leukaemia (AL), 841 unreported subtype). Ten symptoms were independently associated with CL, the three strongest being: lymphadenopathy (odds ratio [OR] 22, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 13 to 36), weight loss (OR 3.0, 95% CI = 2.1 to 4.2), and bruising (OR 2.3, 95% CI = 1.6 to 3.2). Thirteen symptoms were independently associated with AL, the three strongest being: nosebleeds and/or bleeding gums (OR 5.7, 95% CI = 3.1 to 10), fever (OR 5.3, 95% CI = 2.7 to 10), and fatigue (OR 4.4, 95% CI = 3.3 to 6.0). No individual symptom or combination of symptoms had a PPV >1%. The symptom profiles of CL and AL have both overlapping and distinct features. This presents a dichotomy for GPs: diagnosis, by performing a full blood count, is easy; however, the symptoms of leukaemia are non-specific and of relatively low risk. This explains why many leukaemia diagnoses are unexpected findings.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 54 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 11 20%
Unspecified 10 19%
Researcher 8 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 13%
Student > Master 5 9%
Other 13 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 17 31%
Unspecified 16 30%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 6%
Other 10 19%

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