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Forum Name: Leukemia

Question: Red spots on arm, leukemia?

 cmh26 - Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:46 am


I went to my Doctor yesterday because the previous day I had noticed some weird spots on my arm. She said they are little bleeds under the skin and has told me to have a blood test. She didn't seem overly concerned and said the blood test isn't urgent and to get it done at my own convenience. I don't have any other symptoms and the spots (there are only about 5 of them) have faded signficantly, even since yesterday.

I'm a real worrier and started to look things up on the internet - now I am really worried I have leukemia (chronic, since no other symptoms).

Please tell me, is this likely? I am having the blood test done on Thursday.

Thanks for your help,
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:53 am

User avatar Hi cmh26,
Petechiae or ecchymotic areas can be caused from leukemia but keep in mind there are other causes as well. Chronic forms of leukemia, generally speaking, usually affect people during "middle age" There are other symptoms that may accompany the bruising, such as fever, fatigue, night sweats, etc. Upon a physical exam an enlarged spleen may also be noted.Other conditions that cause this type of bruising are certain medications, (aspirin, blood thinners), allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders (thyroid dysfunction, rhematoid arthritis, etc.) among other things. It is wise to have labwork done but considering that you have no additional symptoms my first impression probably would not be leukemia. I hope this was somewhat helpful.

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