Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

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Symptoms

The symptoms of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) can be attributed to the reduction in numbers of normal blood cells, including white cells, red cells and platelets. At first the symptoms of ALL may be non-specific, such as weakness or fatigue. Then the following symptoms may develop.

Symptoms from Low White Blood Cells

  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, sweats and body aches
  • Infections from bacteria or viruses
  • Mouth inflammations, pain or sores

Symptoms from Low Red Blood Cells

  • Shortness of breath
  • Paleness
  • Sleepiness

Symptoms from Low Platelets

  • Bleeding from the gums, red spots on the palate or ankles
  • Easy bruising or prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • Frequent or severe nosebleeds

Other General Symptoms

  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in the bones or stomach
  • Swelling of the abdomen (may indicate an enlarged spleen)
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, stomach or groin