Leukemia Symptoms

What are the symptoms of leukemia?

The following are the most common symptoms of leukemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
  • Increased susceptibility to infections and fevers
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
  • Petechiae. Tiny red dots under the skin that are the result of very small bleeds.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Sweating
  • Bone or joint pain
In addition, acute leukemia may cause the following:
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Seizures
  • Swollen testicles
  • Sores in the eyes or on the skin
Leukemia may also affect the skin, central nervous system, digestive tract, kidneys, and testicles.

The symptoms of acute and chronic leukemias may resemble other blood disorders or medical problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
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