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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Signs and Symptoms

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) usually causes illness suddenly, within days or weeks. Most problems are related to the replacement of normal bone marrow and diminished normal blood counts. ALL causes bone marrow failure, which leads to:

  • Low levels of red blood cells, which can cause fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Low platelet counts, which can cause bleeding
  • Low normal white blood cell counts, which can lead to infection
  • Vulnerability to bruising, bleeding and infections

In addition to these signs of bone marrow failure, ALL sometimes can cause enlarged lymph nodes, an enlarged liver or spleen, or pain in the bones or joints.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.