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People who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may at first have no symptoms at all. Often, patients learn they have CLL after a routine physical exam or a blood test. CLL signs and symptoms tend to develop gradually. Early in the course of the disease, CLL often has little effect on a person's well-being.

When CLL symptoms do appear, they're common to other, less serious illnesses. However, if you're troubled by any of the following symptoms, see your doctor:

  • tiredness or no energy
  • shortness of breath during normal physical activity
  • enlarged lymph nodes
  • discomfort or a "dragging" feeling on the upper left side of your stomach (caused by an enlarged spleen)
  • frequent infections
  • unexplained weight loss
last updated on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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