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Symptoms of lymphoblastic leukemia

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Symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Many symptoms are vague. You may feel as if you have the flu. Symptoms may include

    * General weakness or fatigue (fatigue)
    * High temperature (fever)
    * Weight loss
    * Frequent infections
    * Bruising or bleeding easily
    * Blood in urine or stool
    * Pain in the bones or joints
    * A rash of fine red spots (called purpura)
    * Shortness of breath
    * Swollen lymph nodes
    * A feeling of fullness or discomfort in the belly of a swollen liver or spleen
      These symptoms are caused by too many abnormal white blood cells and not enough normal white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. But most people with these symptoms are not leukemia.

Many symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia are vague. You may feel as if you have the flu. Possible symptoms may include

    * General weakness
    * Feeling tired (fatigue)
    * A high temperature (fever)
    * Weight loss
    * Frequent infections
    * Bruising easily or without obvious cause
    * Bleeding gums or nose
    * A rash of fine red spots (called purpura)
    * Blood in urine or stool
    * Pain in the bones or joints
    * Shortness of breath
    * Swollen lymph nodes
    * A feeling of fullness or discomfort in the abdomen, caused by an enlarged liver or spleen

symptom-specific T-cell ALL

A type of leukemia called T cells can all cause swollen lymph nodes in the center of your chest. Or it may be the thymus gland in the neck swell. Swollen glands may press the windpipe, causing shortness of breath and coughing. Or they can press the veins carry blood to the head. This pressure causes the blood vessels and makes the face, neck and arms to swell red.



These symptoms are caused by too many abnormal white blood cells and not enough normal white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.

You may find it difficult to get rid of infections because you do not have enough healthy white blood cells to fight bacteria or viruses.

Too many abnormal white blood collecting in bones, joints or lymph nodes can cause pain and swelling.

You can get bruising and abnormal bleeding, because you do not have enough platelets.

You may feel breathless and tired because you do not have enough red blood cells.

Tags: Leukemia lymphoblasti

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