Leukemia--Chronic Lymphocytic Overview

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Signs and symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

Symptoms of CLL are often very general and can include the following:

  • Weakness
  • Feeling very tired
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes (these can sometimes be felt as lumps under the skin)
  • Pain or a sense of "fullness" in the belly (especially after eating a small meal), which is caused by an enlarged spleen
  • Infections that don’t seem to get better or keep coming back
  • Abnormal bruising or bleeding

These symptoms may be caused by CLL, but they can also be caused by other problems. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

Signs of CLL include:

  • Increased white blood cell counts (this is the most common sign, and can often be found before symptoms develop)
  • Anemia - a shortage of red blood cells.
  • Low counts of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia)

Sometimes CLL is found in someone with no symptoms because of abnormal blood counts.

Last Medical Review: 01/30/2015
Last Revised: 01/30/2015