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What happens during acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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Acute myeloid leukemia starts in the bone marrow. This is the soft inner parts of bones.

With acute types of leukemia such as AML, bone marrow cells don't mature the way they're supposed to. These immature cells, often called blast cells, keep building up.

From: What Is Acute Myeloid Leukemia? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia classified?" "What are the risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia diagnosed?" "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML) Topics."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia Facts & Statistics," "Acute Myeloid Lymphoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia classified?" "What are the risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia diagnosed?" "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML) Topics."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia Facts & Statistics," "Acute Myeloid Lymphoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 11, 2019

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