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Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma B015
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Current RMA Instruments:
|Consolidated RH SOP||84 of 2014 as amended by 38 of 2016|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||85 of 2014|
Changes from previous Instruments:
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 204.1, 202.4, 204.8, 200.8, 200.80-200.88
- ICD-10-AM Codes: C85.9, C91.1, C91.3, C91.4
This is a haematological malignancy of B lymphocytes that can manifest in two different ways. When the disease occurs mostly in the blood stream and bone marrow it is called chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). When it occurs mostly in the lymph nodes or lymphoid tissue it is called small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).
Confirming the diagnosis
This diagnosis is complex and requires specialist opinion based on blood and bone marrow cytology or lymphoid tissue or lymph node histology.
The relevant medical specialist is a haematologist or haematologist oncologist.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
- B cell prolymphocytic leukaemia
- B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma
- Chronic lymphatic / lymphoid leukaemia
- Hairy cell leukaemia
Conditions not covered by SOP
- Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia*
- Acute myeloid leukaemia*
- Adult T cell lymphoma/leukaemia* - non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Chronic myeloid leukaemia*
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma* apart from small lymphocytic lymphoma
- T cell prolymphocytic leukaemia#
* another SOP applies
# non-SOP condition
CLL is generally asymptomatic and uncovered by routine blood testing. SLL may present with a lump (enlarged lymph node), which is then biopsied. Clinical onset will generally be at the time of such testing or when the enlarged lymph node was first discovered.
The only SOP worsening factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management. The condition is generally regarded as incurable, but typically progresses only slowly, with patients surviving for many years or even decades. The initial management of early stage disease is often simply watchful waiting. Inability to obtain appropriate treatment in that circumstance would not result in a clinical worsening.
If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then seek medical officer advice about further investigation.
Haematological malignancy SOP classifications:
|Name||Included in SOP||Excluded from SOP|
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
(B or T cells)
|Acute Myeloid Leukaemia|
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia/
Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia
(T or B cells)