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The signs and symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) depend on how many normal blood cells you have. Signs and symptoms also depend on the number of leukemia cells in your body and where they are. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of AML and their causes are below.

Low number of red blood cells (anemia) causes:

  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusually pale skin

Low number of white blood cells causes:

  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Infections that are hard to treat

Low number of platelets causes:

  • Cuts that heal slowly
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Tiny red spots on the skin (petechiae)

High number of leukemia cells causes:

  • Pain in the bones or joints
  • Lack of appetite
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

Learn how transplant can treat AML.

MedlinePlus [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); [updated 2013 Sept 16; cited 2013 Sept 16]. Available from: