Childhood acute myeloid leukemia is diagnosed based on its symptoms. So, the signs and symptoms of the childhood AML experienced by the individuals help describe a medical problem. The early symptoms are similar to flu or other common childhood illnesses. The signs are symptoms are mainly caused by bone marrow making lesser healthy blood cells and the piling cancerous AML cells. Therefore, the most common symptoms of childhood acute myeloid leukemia include unhealthy, pale appearance or complexion, fever, aching bones and joints, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and bleeding and bruising.
Symptoms of Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Children with AML can experience the following signs or symptoms. But sometimes, children with AML don’t have any of these changes. Or, the cause of a symptom can be a different medical condition that is usually not cancer. Hence, the early symptoms and signs of AML can look very much like the flu or other common childhood illnesses 1. Therefore, most of the symptoms and signs are caused by the bone marrow making lesser healthy blood cells and the pile of cancerous AML cells 2.
- Unhealthy, pale appearance or complexion
- Aching bones and joints
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Bleeding and bruising easily
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- 2.Cheng J, Sakamot K. Topics in pediatric leukemia–acute myeloid leukemia. MedGenMed. 2005;7(1):20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16369325