What is Plasma Cell Leukemia?
Plasma cell leukemia symptoms are normally discovered in about 2%-5% of all medically diagnosed disorders involving the plasma cells. Plasma cell leukemia is a very rare disorder which exhibits some of the most aggressive, fast acting behavioral patterns of all of the currently known plasma cell diseases.
White blood cells forms the body’s first line of defense against attacks to the body which comes from bacteriological and viral agents. When the antibodies, formed by the white blood cells, are disordered or destroyed, plasma cell leukemia sets in. Because of the extremely aggressive nature which plasma cell leukemia exhibits, once it takes root in the body, the average survival rate of patients who are diagnosed with this disorder is, unfortunately, very low.
It is thus extremely important, especially for women who have reached the age of 40 and
beyond, to undergo regular mammograms and other tests in order to detect the presence of plasma cell leukemia and other lymphatic and blood disorders. This course of early detection tests is very necessary in order to have the chance to treat and possibly eliminate, or at least alleviate the symptoms of, this rare and deadly disorder.
Symptoms of Plasma Cell Leukemia
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with plasma cell leukemia. If you or a loved one exhibit any or all of these symptoms, in whatever combination, you should consult your physician immediately. He will most likely arrange a checkup to see if plasma cell leukemia or some other related lymphatic disorder is present. Symptoms of plasma cell leukemia include recurring fever (with episodes of severe chills in between bouts of excessive high temperature), weakness or dizziness, loss of stamina, and continual aching and pain in the region of the bones or joints.
Other symptoms which may point to the possibility of plasma cell leukemia include enlargement, with resulting inflammation, of the liver or spleen. This development may also be foreshadowed, or accompanied by, a partial or complete failure of the renal system (kidneys). Loss of appetite, followed by a correspondingly rapid and worrying loss of weight may be a particularly acute and visible warning sign.
There may also be some resulting mental disorientation or confusion, such as a loss of memory or motor functions, similar to what is exhibited by patients suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This general confusion or disorientation may be accompanied by palpatation, which is uncontrollable shaking of the limbs and head, accompanied by rapid, irregular beating of the heart, similar to the general conditions immediately preceding a coronary episode.
The physical symptoms most commonly associated with plasma cell leukemia include a chronic, painfully enlarged, swelling of the lymph nodes (lymphoma), which is usually accompanied by a noticeable, massive increase of white blood cells, in numbers that are far beyond the desired norm. These are the symptoms that will normally point to the onset of a serious lymphatic disorder. If all, or most, of the above symptoms are present in the patient, this will normally result in a diagnosis of plasma cell leukemia.
As has been stated earlier, once a case of plasma cell leukemia has been diagnosed, treatment options are few and far between. Unfortunately, medical science in the 21st century still has not progressed to the point of being able to cure, or even effectively combat this malignant disorder. Medical and scientific research is still ongoing, and there is reason to believe that a comprehensive cure may one day be discovered.
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