leukemia question ????

can your symptoms be slight or mild for leukemia? and can you have leukemia without having a fever?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Leukemia symptoms vary from mild to severe as leukemia prevents the immune system from working normally, some patients experience frequent infection, ranging from infected tonsils, sores in the mouth, or diarrhea to life-threatening pneumonia or opportunistic infections.

    Finally, the red blood cell deficiency leads to anemia, which may cause dyspnea and pallor.

    Some patients experience other symptoms. These symptoms might include feeling sick, such as having fevers, chills, night sweats and other flu-like symptoms, or feeling fatigued. Some patients experience nausea or a feeling of fullness due to an enlarged liver and spleen; this can result in unintentional weight loss. If the leukemic cells invade the central nervous system, then neurological symptoms (notably headaches) can occur.

    All symptoms associated with leukemia can be attributed to other diseases. Consequently, leukemia is always diagnosed through medical tests.

    The word leukemia, which means 'white blood', is derived from the disease's namesake high white blood cell counts that most leukemia patients have before treatment. The high number of white blood cells are apparent when a blood sample is viewed under a microscope. Frequently, these extra white blood cells are immature or dysfunctional. The excessive number of cells can also interfere with the level of other cells, causing a harmful imbalance in the blood count.

    Fever is one of the most common symptom.

    Source(s): Surgeon
  • 1 decade ago

    The symptoms can be mild at first and are often difficult to distinguish from minor illnesses. Leukemia affects the three cell lines of the blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets), so the symptoms are related to those three cell lines. A lack of red blood cells causes anemia, meaning the patient may have unexplained fatigue and be pale. White blood cell count may be increased, decreased, or normal but, regardless, the white blood cells don't function normally. This leads to infection, and the patient may have frequent colds or ear infections, with or without fever. Low platelet count leads to difficulty in clotting, meaning the patient may have nosebleeds, easy bruising, and it may take longer for bleeding from cuts to stop.

    Any or all of these symptoms may be present with leukemia, along with bone pain, but the only way to definitively diagnose the disease is with a bone marrow biopsy. However, no doctor would suspect leukemia in a patient with a perfectly normal CBC (complete blood count), a test that is common and very easily done. So the first step would be to have the CBC done.

    Source(s): I'm a pediatric cancer pharmacist.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes they can be. Especially in cases of Chronic Leukemia.

    Some most common symptoms are:

    Mild/FEVERS, night sweats, petechiae (small red pin-point sized dots under the skin that don't blanch), bruise/bleed easily/take long to heal, excessive bone pain/pain in back/knee/hip/leg, nose bleeds, swollen lymph-nodes, EXTREME fatigue.

    Source(s): MY SMARTASSNESS
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you don’t feel well see a doctor it doesn’t matter what your symptoms are.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    So many valuable opinions already for this

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