Swollen lymph nodes
One of the earliest manifestations of leukemia is often widespread lymphadenopathy, which is the clinical name for swollen lymph nodes. They can be spread all over the body, and they are usually examined along with enlarged liver and spleen, other symptoms and a series of lab tests to aid the diagnosis. Swollen lymph nodes alone may result from a wild number of health problems, including the Epstein Barr virus and other infections. Thus, you may need to visit your doctor if you suddenly feel swollen lymph nodes in various parts of your body.
To evaluate the cause of swollen lymph nodes, you may need blood tests, and may even require fine-needle aspiration or biopsies when there is no apparent reason. In some cases, prolonged lymphadenopathy with no other signs and symptoms would remain in observation for some time while performing diagnostic tests. If so, try to remain calm, follow the guidance of your doctor, and be patient. In some cases, leukemia is not as easy to identify as we would like it to be.