What history suggests acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) present with signs and symptoms resulting from bone marrow failure, organ infiltration with leukemic cells, or both. The time course is variable. Some patients, particularly younger ones, present with acute symptoms that develop over a few days to 1-2 weeks. Others have a longer course, with fatigue or other symptoms lasting from weeks to months. A longer course may suggest an antecedent hematologic disorder, such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).


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