Enlarged or Swollen Lymph Nodes
Lymphadenopathy or swollen lymph nodes can occur within certain stages of leukemia development. Leukemia cells can spread to the underarm, neck/throat or groin areas and appear as lumps of growth underneath the skin. Doctors may use CT scans in order to detect other cancerous growths that may go undetected. Lumps, isolated areas of swelling or tumor growth from within the body are some of the most common cancerous signals. At this stage, cancer must be addressed quickly before it continues to spread throughout the body.
Another common symptom of leukemia is the swelling of the abdomen due to the overgrowth of leukemic cells which have crowded the spleen or liver, thus causing these organs to swell and become enlarged. Individuals may feel a sense of discomfort within the belly from behind their rib cage. A medical professional can examine the abdominal area with their hands to determine whether the liver or spleen has become enlarged. If one consistently feels a sense of fullness in the belly and is only able to eat small amounts of food due to such swelling, this could be a sign that leukemia has spread from the bone marrow to the body’s internal organs.
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A common sign, particularly with children who have developed leukemia is easy bruising or visible areas of the skin where broken blood vessels have occurred. This phenomenon is referred to as petechiae, which manifests itself in small red dots that have appeared on the surface of the skin. Leukemia’s attack on blood cells often leads to the lack of blood platelets which are the cells that allow for blood clotting. This decreased number of platelets leads to easy bruising as well as abnormal bleeding.