Liver Pain

Learn the details about liver pain.

Leukemia

Leukemia is bone marrow or blood cancer. It involves an abnormal multiplication of blood cells, generally of the "white" variety (leukocytes, hence the name). Leukemia as a term actually covers a variety of different diseases. One of its potential symptoms is liver pain.

Classifications

Leukemia has many different forms. Several classifications are mentioned below:

Acute and chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL / CLL)
Acute and chronic myeloid leukemia (AML / CML)
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL)

Symptoms

Leukemia symptoms may be different in any given case. Some of the possible symptoms may include the items such as these:

Anemia (decrease in the red blood cell count)
Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
Enlarged spleen or liver
Flu-like symptoms - fever, chills, fatigue, night sweats, etc.
Improper immune system function (frequent infections, diarrhea, mouth sores, and other issues may occur)
Neurological symptoms - headaches, etc.
Pallor (pale appearance)
Petechiae / bruising easily / excessive bleeding - due to lack of blood platelets which assist in blood clotting



Causes

There are various types of leukemia, and no single cause is known for all kinds. Some suggested medical causes for certain types include: viruses, chemicals, and ionizing radiation.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of leukemia is made by a doctor or other medical professional. Medical tests are used in an attempt to diagnose the condition. Symptoms seen in association with leukemia are also present in other diseases and conditions, so by themselves they are not considered to be diagnostic.

Leukemia treatment varies in different cases. Some factors considered include the type of leukemia, the patient, and others. Medication is used to treat many forms. Radiation therapy and bone marrow transplants are also options in some circumstances.

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