Lymphoblastic leukaemia

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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (lymphoblastic leukaemia, ALL) tends to present in childhood and despite 90% cure rates, because it is the commonest malignancy of childhood has still the highest death rate. It should not be confused with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) which is more indolent and presents towards the other end of life in the elderly. It is the commonest cause of a raised lymphocyte count. It has a low cure rate but also a lower relative mortality.