The College of American Pathologists' (CAP) Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) collaborated to develop a clinical practice guideline for the diagnostic workup of acute leukemia.
This evidence-based guideline, "Initial Diagnostic Workup of Acute Leukemia: Guideline from the CAP and ASH," is available as an early online release in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
The CAP and ASH formed an interdisciplinary expert panel of hematologists and hematopathologists to systematically review published evidence to answer six questions for the initial diagnosis of acute leukemia, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), mixed-phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL), and acute leukemias of ambiguous lineage:
- What clinical and laboratory information should be available?
- What samples and specimen types should be evaluated?
- What tests are required for all patients during the initial evaluation?
- What tests are required for only a subset of patients?
- Where should laboratory testing be performed?
- How should the results be reported?