The symptoms of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) usually develop over a few weeks, becoming more severe as the number of immature white blood cells increases.
Symptoms of AML can include:
- skin looking pale or "washed out"
- having a high temperature, and feeling hot or shivery (fever)
- sweating a lot
- losing weight without trying
- frequent infections
- unusual and frequent bleeding, such as bleeding gums or nosebleeds
- easily bruised skin
- flat red or purple spots on the skin
- bone and joint pain
- a feeling of fullness or discomfort in your tummy
- swollen glands in your neck, armpit or groin that may be sore when you touch them
When to seek medical advice
See a GP if you or your child have the symptoms of AML.
Although it's highly unlikely that AML is the cause, these symptoms need to be investigated and treated promptly.
Page last reviewed: 28 February 2019
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