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Acute Myeloid Leukemia - Signs and Symptoms

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AML - Symptoms and Signs

Many cases of AML are asymptomatic and may be accidentally detected. Very often the early symptoms are non-specific and may resemble those of a viral infection.


Most patients seek medical care due to an illness that may include fatigue, fever and recurrent infections, weight loss, night sweats, or bleeding. Patients are often sick only for days to weeks prior to seeking medical attention.

Children may present with the following symptoms:

  • Feeling of tiredness and lethargy due to anaemia
  • Bruises and bleeding
  • Infections
  • Aches and pains
  • Swollen lymph glands

The early symptoms will be non-specific and may resemble those of a viral infection, but when they continue the diagnosis of AML is clear. Many cases are asymptomatic and may be detected during routine lab tests.

Some of the generalized signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of apetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Anemia
  • Frequent infections
  • Easy bleeding /bruising
  • Pin –head sized spots under the skin due to bleeding(petechiae)
  • Joint /bone pain
  • Enlargement of spleen
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes, in some cases
  • Inflammation of the skin, in some cases
  • Swelling of gums
  • Tumor outside bone marrow, called chloroma, in rare cases

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my friend surfing with acute myeloblastic leukemia with maturation. Now he going on chemotherapy. He is on my 2nd session[0, 1 ,2]. Still two more session as per the doctor. Also Doctor's told good progress. I want to know what type of food will add more value to get more immunity. Please give some suggestion on food from nature.


Hi.. i am 23 years old diagnose with AML last October 2012 and currently receiving chemotherapy. i am on my 2nd session and my doctor said i will have another session this december. id like to know when they say 5 years survival does that mean i only have 5years left eventhough i take my chemotherapy?


No, that only means that they certify that your cancer is cured only after 5 years, till then they monitor and see that it doesn't relapse by then.


78 years aged mother suffering from lukemia pls tell me about the effective medicine and tell me about the chancec or not for recovery.. and which medicine are good for the acute lukemia pls write some medicines name for the recovery for the patitent


plz take your mother to cancer hospital.the medicine is depends up on the type of leukemia.


I have Acute Leukemia[AML] cancer to my sister. Her age is 25 years. In recent test reports Blast are about 80%. Can you please tell me how i can proceed to cure my sister.


Hello.i just read about AML and i am satisfied with the information providede. Though i have one small enquiry; Anthracycline has been listed as one of the drugs given during Chemotherapy that may cause AML in the future and yet it has been listed as a drug for treating AML. Doess it mean that you are at risk of contracting AML again? I will apprecite your assistance on this qustion..


Anthracyclines have been found to produce AML in patients who underwent treatment for breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma, especially when used with other anticancer drugs and in high doses. Currently anthracyclines are very effective in AML, and the risk of them causing AML are small, hence they are used in AML.

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