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What Are the Symptoms?

Like all blood cells, leukemia cells travel through the body. Depending on the number of abnormal cells and where these cells collect, patients with acute leukemia may have a number of acute leukemia symptoms.
Common symptoms of acute leukemia include:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Painless lumps in the neck, underarm, stomach, or groin
  • Pain or feeling of fullness below the ribs
  • Paleness or pallor
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiny red spots (called petechiae) under the skin
  • Bone or joint pain.
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Diagnosing Acute Leukemia

If a person has possible symptoms of acute leukemia, the doctor may perform a physical exam, ask about the patient's personal and family medical history, and order laboratory tests, especially blood tests.
Exams and tests that are used to make an acute leukemia diagnosis may include:
  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy.

Treatment Options

You can learn more about the specific treatments for each type of acute leukemia by going to the following eMedTV articles:
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