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What are the core symptoms of childhood leukemia?
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree
In brief: Multiple
Kids with leukemia can have different presentations.
Fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising (not just from the knee to ankle), easy bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, irritability, headache, seizures, swollen lymph nodes (glands), or shortness of breath. Many of these can have multiple causes, so if you're worried, see a pediatrician!

In brief: Multiple
Kids with leukemia can have different presentations.
Fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising (not just from the knee to ankle), easy bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, irritability, headache, seizures, swollen lymph nodes (glands), or shortness of breath. Many of these can have multiple causes, so if you're worried, see a pediatrician!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: There are many.
Symptoms of leukemia include fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising or bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, weight loss, irritability, enlarged liver or spleen, headache, seizures, frequent infections, swollen lymph nodes (glands), and shortness of breath.
If you are worried, please talk to your child's doctor soon.

In brief: There are many.
Symptoms of leukemia include fever, anemia (low red blood cells--causes paleness and tiredness), easy bruising or bleeding, bone or joint pain, limp, poor appetite, weight loss, irritability, enlarged liver or spleen, headache, seizures, frequent infections, swollen lymph nodes (glands), and shortness of breath.
If you are worried, please talk to your child's doctor soon.
Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Leukemia originates
In the bone marrow, so when the cancer cells grow in this area they crowd out normal cells that should be produced.
This causes anemia, bleeding/bruising, and infections/fever. Some children have bone pain from the pressure that the growth of the leukemia cells within the bone. Lymph nodes can be enlarged anywhere in the body (not always) and the liver and/or spleen can be enlarged causing pain.

In brief: Leukemia originates
In the bone marrow, so when the cancer cells grow in this area they crowd out normal cells that should be produced.
This causes anemia, bleeding/bruising, and infections/fever. Some children have bone pain from the pressure that the growth of the leukemia cells within the bone. Lymph nodes can be enlarged anywhere in the body (not always) and the liver and/or spleen can be enlarged causing pain.
Dr. Della Howell
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Dr. Scott Adams
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bruising,tired,pain
Common symptoms of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia include fatigue/ pallor from anemia, increased bruising/ petechiae from low platelets, and bone pain from the marrow space filling up with leukemia blasts.
Fever may be seen from the leukemia itself and/ or accompanying infection. Acute myeloid leiukemias often present with a more drawn out history of progressive illness/ wt loss in addition.

In brief: Bruising,tired,pain
Common symptoms of childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia include fatigue/ pallor from anemia, increased bruising/ petechiae from low platelets, and bone pain from the marrow space filling up with leukemia blasts.
Fever may be seen from the leukemia itself and/ or accompanying infection. Acute myeloid leiukemias often present with a more drawn out history of progressive illness/ wt loss in addition.
Dr. Scott Adams
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