Code This Case With Care: Childhood Cancer


Diagnostic: Bone Marrow and Biopsy


A 7-year-old female patient was awake late at night weeping, complaining of joint discomfort and having a fever. The following morning, the patient's parents brought her to their pediatrician. The patient's belly exhibited some swelling, and she also appeared pale and exhausted. She was a picky eater, but the father did mention to the caregiver that she was now eating less than usual. The pediatrician examined the patient and noted the swollen lymph nodes and abdomen. To determine the patient's white blood cell count, the pediatrician requested a blood smear and complete blood count (CBC) (WBC).


The test findings revealed an elevated WBC count and insufficient levels of red blood cells and platelets. Leukemia is the most likely diagnosis, while hematological diseases such a