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Leukemoid reaction refers to an increase in white blood cell count, specifically above 50,000 cells/mm �, due to causes other than leukemia. Leukemoid reactions can occur as a response to stress or infection, and can mimic symptoms of leukemia, such as fatigue, weight loss, and bruising. Distinction between the two needs lab tests, which show elevated neutrophils (suggestive of an acute inflammatory process) in case of leukemoid reaction, and the absence of dysplastic cells (seen in leukemia).
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