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Symptoms of AML

Like all blood cells, leukemia cells travel through the body. Depending on the number of abnormal cells and where these cells collect, patients with AML may have a number of symptoms.
Common childhood AML symptoms may include:
  • Fever, with or without an infection
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or feeling tired
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Petechiae (flat, pinpoint spots under the skin caused by bleeding)
  • Pain in the bones or joints
  • Pain or feeling of fullness below the ribs.
Other common childhood symptoms include painless blue or purple lumps in the neck, underarm, stomach, groin, or other parts of the body. These lumps are called leukemia cutis. In some cases, painless lumps appear around the eyes. These lumps, called chloromas, may be blue-green.
The early signs of adult AML may be similar to those caused by the flu or other common diseases. Common symptoms in adults include:
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Petechiae (flat, pinpoint spots under the skin caused by bleeding)
  • Weakness or feeling tired
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
These and other possible symptoms may be caused by leukemia or by other conditions. Therefore, people with possible symptoms of AML should see their doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosing AML

Tests that examine the blood and bone marrow are used to detect and diagnose AML (see AML Diagnosis for more information about the specific tests used).
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