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Symptoms

Anemia is a common problem in CLL and may be an indication to start treatment. However, it is not always well understood or managed. Too many patients self-treat with iron and other supplements that may not only delay proper care but can cause long term problems.
Take Away Points: There are not usually any symptoms at time of diagnosis. CLL is most often unexpectedly discovered on a routine blood test for an unrelated problem. Symptoms may develop and even may be present at the time of diagnosis, especially fatigue which can be profound. Preface: Hematology