Lab Med Online.  2020 Jan;10(1):10-24. 10.3343/lmo.2020.10.1.10.

Revision of Laboratory Testing Guidelines for Initial Diagnosis of Hematologic Neoplasms

  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Laboratory Medicine, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
  • 4Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yonsei University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Laboratory Medicine, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Laboratory Medicine, Korea University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7Department of Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Department of Laboratory Medicine, Dongkuk University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 10Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


The standardization committee of the Korean Society for Laboratory Hematology revised laboratory testing guidelines in order that hematologic neoplasms could be diagnosed according to the revised 4th edition of WHO classification of tumors of haematopoietic and lymphoid tissues. The new guidelines were revised based on an extensive review of international guidelines that included the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines, and European LeukemiaNet recommendations that are based on the revised WHO classification. We expect that the newly revised guidelines will improve clinical decisions, standardize laboratory tests, and enhance the development of new molecular technologies that are integrated into diagnostic algorithms via ongoing consensus initiatives.


Hematologic neoplasms; Diagnosis; Laboratory testing; Guidelines
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