What are the symptoms of pediatric leukemias?

Each child experiences symptoms differently. Symptoms may come on suddenly, or develop over several weeks. Some common symptoms include:

  • Easy bleeding and bruising
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Anemia, often causing a child to become pale and tired and breathe rapidly
  • Recurrent and frequent infections, fever, runny nose and cough
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Abdominal pain, sometimes with loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

How is pediatric leukemia diagnosed?

To diagnose and better analyze your child’s condition ― and help determine the best treatment ― your child’s doctor will complete a thorough medical history and order a number of tests. The most common tests for leukemia are:

  • Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
  • Complete blood count and other blood tests
  • Imaging studies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-rays, computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans, and ultrasound
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Spinal tap or lumbar puncture to look for leukemia cells in the cerebrospinal fluid
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Pediatric Support Services

Our Pediatric Support Center team addresses the social and emotional needs of your child and provides support to the whole family, including siblings. We provide a compassionate environment, engaging activities and a range of complementary therapies to make sure your child remains psychologically healthy during the treatment process and beyond.

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