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
  • anemia
  • 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

Chronic leukemia may 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 physician for a diagnosis.

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