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Old 12-03-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
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Dots On Skin

*I am posting in different areas since I don't know what is wrong with me yet. I just don't know what to think?!

I have been searching the internet (which can be hazard), to find out what my symptom I am having could be a sign of? Everything I read, brings me to "Leukemia".

I have red dots and now brown dots on my skin. It isn't in a rash form, just random dots. The red dots have been there for over a year with a few brown dots. Now, it seems like over time....I'm noticing more and more.

My doctor told me they are called cherry angiomas and are from aging. I am 39 years old. Recently since there are more, especially the brown dots.....I am now scheduled for lots of bloodwork to hopefully rule out things.

I am so scared though. What exactly is Leukemia? Does anyone ever recover from this illness?

I don't know why I'm focusing only on this because according to what I've read, it could be a zillion things!

 
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:42 AM   #2
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Re: Dots On Skin

What is leukemia - Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells that involves bone marrow, circulating white blood cells, and organs like the spleen and lymph nodes. Leukemia can be chronic (CLL or CML) or acute (ALL or AML). The first word in CLL and CML is chronic and the last is leukemia. (Replacing chronic with acute the same applies to ALL and AML.) For both groups the L in the middle is for lymphocytic and the M in the middle is for myelocytic. Those are the most common.

It can cause splenomegaly (enlarged spleen) due to the nature of what the spleen does. And variety of other things. Because the cytes are bloodborne, they can infiltrate other organs. Some are considered childrens leukemias. A group of disorders - MDS - Myelodysplastic syndrome - are often called preleukemias by some.

Recovery is somewhat of a relative term for leukemias and is very dependant upon factors such as acute or chronic, treated or untreated, karyotype, hepatitic or renal disfunction, age, infection... and so on. Remission is more often used for certain types.

I have red dots as well but they are not the angi's. If it helps at all... Angi's are rarely associated with leukemia and are usually attributed to age, hypertension, and venous disorders (varicose veins and such)... or nothing (idiopathic).

 
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