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Leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic

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Introduction
NHS Choices information about acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia include pale skin, frequent bleeding and bone pain.
Causes of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Acute leukaemia begins with an alteration to the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that is found in the stem cells that are responsible for producing white blood cells.
Diagnosing acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
In the initial stages of diagnosing acute leukaemia, your GP will check for physical signs of the condition, such as swollen glands.
Treating acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
As acute leukaemia is an aggressive condition that develops rapidly, treatment will usually begin a few days after a diagnosis has been made.
Complications of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Having a weakened immune system is a common complication of acute leukaemia. The medical term for having a weakened immune system is immunocompromised.
'I was put in an ambulance that night... I was petrified'
Read Hazel's account of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
See what the doctor sees with Map of Medicine
Map of Medicine for acute leukaemia