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How does non-Hodgkin lymphoma affect children differently than adults?

Unlike adults, children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma often display shortness of breath and anemia-like symptoms first. Children can also display the symptoms more typical of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma, such as painless swelling of the lymph nodes, fevers of unknown origin, and night sweats. The anemia-like symptoms include weakness, rashes, and bruises. Because the disease is usually more aggressive in children, it can spread quickly into bone marrow, the blood, and the nervous system, the latter causing increased sensitivity to touch.

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