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Why Does Leukemia Cause Bruising
Abnormal platelets: Individuals with polycythemia (an acquired disorder of the bone marrow that causes an abnormal increase in all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) have an increased tendency to form blood clots that can result in strokes or heart attacks. Some people also have abnormal bleeding because their platelets (responsible for clotting) are abnormal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cell turn over: Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is an enzyme that is in all our cells. Rapid cell turnover (a combination of proliferation and death) within lymphomas makes the LDH levels rise in the serum. LDH may also rise briefly after effective therapy, as the tumor cells lyse and release LDH. It should then fall as the number of tumor cells goes down. ...Read more
Hemoglobinuria: "Haemoglobinuria is one of the manifestations of severe malaria and results from severe intravascular haemolysis. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency has been implicated in its aetiology. Haemoglobinuria may be associated with severe anaemia and, less frequently, acute renal failure." See: http://www.malariajournal.com/content/11/1/336 ...Read more
Lower blood Oxygen: Anemia means that your red blood cells are lower than normal. This means there are less blood cells to carry oxygen to your muscles and tissue which can lead to fatigue. It is a very common condition in pregnancy and in women with heavy blood loss from the menstrual cycle. Usually anemia is treated with an iron supplement. There are other causes though so it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Splenectomy: One of the functions of the spleen is to help filter out impurities and worn out blood components, including red blood cells and platelets. After the removal of the spleen, since there is a decreased recycling of the body's platelets, there will normally be an increase in the number of circulating platelets, a so-called thrombocytosis. ...Read more
How does HIV/AIDS cause petechiae? Is it due to low platelet count or some other mechanism? I have normal platelets but worried HIV could be the cause
Here's what to do: Get yourself one of these modern tests for HIV that's sensitive after the first month. You're not going to have any peace otherwise. Then live and love safetly. HIV may cause thrombocytopenia but seldom petechiae until you're very sick. Little vessels can rupture from exercising, rough-housing, or popular practices involving negative intraoral pressure. Conjunctival petechiae -- think endocarditis ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pericarditis : Pericarditis typically has a relatively benign course in uncomplicated cases. Conversely, patients with high-risk features (ie, high fever, large pericardial effusion, cardiac tamponade, failure to respond to antiinflammatory therapy) are at increased risk of short-term complications. Leg swelling is not a common presentation of pericarditis, but could potentially be a feature of heart failure. ...Read more
Overdose: Chemotherapy is an effective method of treating many malignancies. It destroys tumor thru the effect of the cell DNA. It as such has an effect on the cells of the immune system. If given in high doses, the WBC count can drop and compromise the immune system, making the patient susceptible to infection and any effect in helping to control tumor. Count should stay at 4-5k or better. ...Read more
Not directly. : Not directly, but possibly indirectly. Osteomalacia is an abnormality in the mineralization of the bone that can weaken it and make the bone more likely to fracture; it would not have a direct relationship with bruising of the skin. An indirect relationship can exist, however, because there are some conditions that can cause both osteomalacia and bruising of the skin. Be seen for a evaluation. ...Read more
All bruises do: It's not just bruises related to blood disorders like leukemia that can change colors everyday. Any bruise can change day to day as part of the bodies naturally healing process. I would be careful about getting too "worked up" over the worst possible case. If you are that worried seek the in person input of your primary care doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below.: The bruising that patients with leukemia have are caused by low platelets. Usually they don't look different that "regular" bruises, but a person usually notices that they have many more bruises than normal and in unusual areas of the body (chest, back, for example). Sometimes the bruises can have a hard lump associated with them (purpura). If you have new unexplained bruising, see your doc. ...Read more
Adult Leukemia: In 2011, leukemia was expected to strike more than 10 times as many adults versus children and adolescents in the us. It tends to occur in the older population with a median age of 66. Different kinds of leukemia occur at different rates in various age groups. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children whereas acute myeloid leukemia and the chronic leukemias are seen more among adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Bruising has a reputation for being linked to leukemia, and while some patients with leukemia can have bruising, most patients with bruising do not have leukemia. A simple blood test can clear up whether bruising is due to low platelets, and a visit to the doctor can usually clear up any confusion quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think you want to: Know where to find pictures of the types of skin findings that one might expect to see in a patient suffering from leukemia. There is one caveat, are you talking about Leukemia cutis? That is another entity with its own skin findings. There are many such images available online. start by using a search engine and enter cutaneous or dermatological manifestations of leukemia. Then narrow to images. ...Read more
Chronic leukemia: Yes, absolutely. Very frequently, a diagnosis of chronic leukemia is made due to abnormal blood work without presence of significant symptoms. In acute leukemia- however, as the process is progressing very agressive in a very short period of time - one will be presented to a health provider with some symptoms in addition to significant abnormal blood counts. ...Read more
Hard to say...: Leukemia can present with multiple signs and symptoms including but not limited to: bone pain, refusal to bear weight, gum bleeding, bleeding from other sites, pallor, lack of appetite, fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, easy bruising, fatigue, multiple infections, etc. If a concern for leukemia exists, consultation with the primary care physician or a hematologist is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mono% is chronically high, i intermittently bruise, bleed, then clot. I lost 36 lbs last month. Dreamt i was told I have leukemia. Any chance?
Please get STAT eval: I'm sorry to hear this, but with blood clot in your leg, bruising fatigue and weight loss i'm very concerned that you could have leukemia. Please get follow up immediately. If you have not seen a hematologist or oncologist at a university or academic setting, you should. ...Read more
When someone with leukemia get's symptoms such as bone pain and bruising, how bad would it be on a scale from 1-10?
Depends: That is a difficult question to answer since different people experience pain differently. The pain scale we typically use is a subjective scale. What might be a three for one person could be a seven for another person. The best use of the scale is to judge an individuals response to pain treatment interventions. ...Read more
When someone with leukemia has symptoms such as bone pain and bruising, how bad would the pain be on a scale from 1-10?
1-10: Impossible to tell without further information. Pain, bleeding, or other problems may run the spectrum from very mild to life threatening. If this is you or someone you know, make sure the oncologist knows what is going on so he/she can help. ...Read more
I have high chance of leukemia on dads side, haven't been able to bruise till recently been waking with unexplained bruises and cuts and have fatigue?
Is called hematoma: Likely you are describing a hematoma- which is blood accumulation on the tissue underneath the skin. When you have trauma that is significant enough to give you noticeable bruise- bleeding process also happens on the area underneath the skin-some blood accumulated plus minus inflammatory process- and combination will give you " a lump". Put some icepacks/cold compress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get small green bruises on my thighs that fade away. I had a CBC 8 months ago, everything was normal. Internet keeps saying Leukemia? Please help
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Leukemia is unlikely if there are no other symptoms. If you are overweight, it may help to lose weight (easier said than done). For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Would i keep getting bruises if i had leukemia? Yesterday found 5little ones on innerleg near my knee, but no more today n there fading, help please,
Bruising pattern?: I would get more concerned about low platelets as a cause of your bruising if you started having more bruising in many different areas of your body. Any new nose bleeds or gum bleeding? Low platelets can be caused by many things, leukemia being a rare cause. Some simple screening blood tests can help determine what is going on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to doc for bruise today she said it was nothing to worry about it came out of nowhere though she didn’t do blood work though as I had a lot of blood tests done 6 weeks ago all were great could leukemia still be an issue no other symptoms ?
Some basics : Leukemia is a process where the place that makes all your blood elements is invaded/overtaken by the abnormal leukemia cell. Bruising from leukemia represents a lack of platelets, the tiny clot helpers that plug leaks in capillaries when you bump something. Platelets live only a few hours so taking your blood pressure during you visit would have caused physical changes your doc would have seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Never bruised or bled easily but no awake daily with feelings of bruises in several places and get bloody noses also have leukemia in family ideas?
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