Laboratory Blood Tests to Help Confirm Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Type of Test What Is Evaluated
Complete Blood Count (CBC) With Differential
  • Evaluates the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets1
  • Determines the levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit1
Coagulation Study
  • Tests for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)2
  • Helps identify acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)2
Peripheral Blood Smear
  • Looks for the presence of abnormal blood cells1

References: 1. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Blood tests. https://www.lls.org/managing-your-cancer/lab-and-imaging-tests/blood-tests#Blood%20Chemistry. Accessed January 22, 2019. 2. Lee HJ, Park HJ, Kim HW, Park SG. Comparison of laboratory characteristics between acute promyelocytic leukemia and other subtypes of acute myeloid leukemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation. Blood Res. 2013;48(4):250-253.