Signs and symptoms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
Symptoms of CLL are often very general and can include the following:
- Feeling very tired
- Weight loss
- 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