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Ways to Detect Leukaemia among Children and Adults

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 12, 2012
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Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood and lymph system of the body. Although many symptoms of leukaemia between the adults and children are the same, there are some distinguishing features of leukaemia in children. In order to know how to detect leukaemia among the children and adults, you need to be keenly observing the symptoms.


To detect leukaemia among the adults, the following symptoms should be watched out for:

  • Tiredness: Are you tired? Leukaemia leads to fatigue because the more production of white blood cells (WBCs) takes up a lot of your body's energy.
  • Weight loss: Have you been losing weight? Are you eating as before, but the clothes are not fitting and getting looser? Leukaemia leads to weight loss as the rise in production of WBCs takes up a lot of your calories.
  • Chronic infections that persist: Monitor yourself for inexplicable chronic infections that do not seem to go. Even though the body is creating more of the WBCs, which fight infection for the body, for a person with leukaemia, these are not capable of and fighting off the diseases.
  • Felling full: Leukaemia can make you feel full when you have not quite had much food.
  • Pain in the bones: Production of white blood cells occurs in the bone marrow. So, excessive production can lead to pain.
  • Night sweats.

 

How to detect leukaemia among the children

 


The cases of leukaemia have also been found to be very common among the children. The signs and symptoms that are observed in case of occurrence of leukemia among the children include

  • Infection
  • Abnormal bleeding.
  • Pain in joints and bones.
  • High fever as a distinguishing symptom.

When it comes to leukaemia detection in children, high fever has been found to be the symptom that is nearly always observed. The lack of white blood cells in children results in their immune system not responding suitably to attacks of infections that cause fever.


The other observable signs and symptoms of leukemia in children can be identified by the swelling of the abdominal region as well as the  thymus enlargement, lymph nodes, headache and vomiting, tiredness and weakness, and persistent fatigue. But, in order to be out of danger that is caused by leukemia, one must always be cautious about observing the changed pattern in health as well as in internal procedures of the body. If required you must report it to the doctor and consult him to ensure cure for the disease.

 

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