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Signs and Symptoms

People who have chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) may at first have no symptoms at all. Often, patients learn they have CML after a routine physical exam or a blood test. CML signs and symptoms tend to develop gradually.

When CML 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
  • pale skin
  • discomfort or a "dragging" feeling on the upper left side of your stomach (caused by an enlarged spleen)
  • night sweats
  • an inability to tolerate warm temperatures
  • unexplained weight loss
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last updated on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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