Hematology AML presentation

Hematology AML presentation - AML Acute Myelogenous...

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AML Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
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What is it? AML is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow It affects the myeloid cells, which under normal circumstances differentiate into mature blood cells (WBC, RBC, platelets) These Cells are produced by the bone marrow •Patients with AML produce abnormal blood cells that don’t mature and crowd out healthy cells
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Signs and Symptoms Early signs of AML are generalized, often flu- like •Symptoms include •Fever •Fatigue •Weight loss / Loss of appetite •Petechiae (small blood spots) •Anemia •Joint Pain / Bone Pain •Easy Bruising / Bleeding
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Causes Several possible causative factors for AML have been identified. Certain blood disorders can cause AML, such as myelodysplastic syndrome (abnormal development or growth of cells) and myeloproliferative disease (excess cell production in the marrow) Certain chemotherapy treatments (alkylating agents) Exposure to ionizing radiation (Increased incidence of AML in post WWII Japan)
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course BIOL 442 taught by Professor Loewen during the Spring '08 term at Winona.

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