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Symptoms of Leukemia

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Symptoms of Leukemia

Acute leukemia symptoms appear quickly. Chronic leukemia appears much more slowly. Some people may notice symptoms months or years after it is found. Others may not have symptoms at all. In people without symptoms, leukemia may be found during a routine blood test.

Other, less serious conditions can cause these symptoms. It is important to see the doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will improve the chances for a cure.


  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL/LBL) in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-lymphoblastic-lymphoma-all-lbl-in-adults.
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml.
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic leukemia (SLL). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cll-small-lymphocytic-lymphoma-sll.
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cml.
  • Flanagan B, Keber B, et al. Hematologic conditions: leukocytosis and leukemia. FP Essent. 2019;485:17-23.
  • Overview of leukemia. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology-and-oncology/leukemias/overview-of-leukemia.


  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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