|Acute Myelogenous Leukemia|
If the oncologist and pathologist detect an acute leukemia they will do a bone marrow aspirate to be stained and analyzed by the pathologist. The other genetic testing and other diagnostic testing make take longer to receive than the bone marrow results. Genzyme , Mayo and other lab testing facilities perform genetic testing to help greatly with diagnosing AML. Acute myelogenous leukemia is also known as acute myeloid leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.
In general, leukemia occurs when some blood cells acquire mutations in their DNA — the instructions inside each cell that guide its action. The mutations cause the cell to grow and divide more rapidly and to continue living when normal cells would die. Over time, these abnormal cells can crowd out healthy blood cells, causing the signs and symptoms of leukemia.
Symptoms of AML are the following:
- Fever or chills
- Persistent fatigue, weakness
- Frequent infections
- Losing weight without trying
- Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)
- Excessive sweating, especially at night
- Bone pain or tenderness
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