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Why does acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cause weakness and achiness?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) causes weakness and achiness because leukemic lymphoblasts take up so much space inside the bone that they make a person's bones ache. Because leukemic lymphoblasts squeeze out red blood cells, people with ALL don't get enough oxygen so they feel weak and short of breath.

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