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Acute myeloid leukemia - challenges 2024

MedExpress Team

Published Feb. 8, 2024 08:30

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Acute myeloid leukemia is one of the relatively rare hematopoietic malignancies. We discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges with Professor Lidia Gil of the Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences.

Acute myeloid leukemia is said to be an uncomplicated disease affecting the elderly. What makes up the clinical picture of this disease?

It is a disease that occurs suddenly in many patients in full health. In most, it actually falls like a bolt from the blue. It can be contracted at any age. Children also get sick. On the other hand, the incidence of this disease increases with age. In addition, there is no very characteristic clinical picture for it, which would indicate from the beginning that it is acute myeloid leukemia, or any acute leukemia. The disease begins somewhat insidiously, as very often the first symptoms are related to infections. At first they are a little bit ignored by the patient himself, or... I don't want to say by the family doctor, but it is approached quite calmly. These are symptoms of either upper or lower respiratory tract infections, but which often do not yield to treatment. It's also increasing weakness, feverish states without a specif...

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