Clinical Presentation of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Patients with AML generally present with symptoms related to leukemic infiltration of the bone marrow, including1:

  • Fatigue
  • Dyspnea on exertion
  • Infections and fever
  • Bleeding disorders

It is likely that most patients have had more subtle evidence of leukemia for weeks, or perhaps months, before diagnosis.2

Clinical Features and Patient Presentations of AML1-4


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