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What is Acute Leukaemia?

Aston Villa's captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia and we explain the condition in more detail.

  • Leukaemia is a disease where the cause of which is unknown and the bone marrow produces large numbers of abnormal cells.
  • Acute leukaemia can progress rapidly if not treated and develops in the immature bone marrow cells.
  • Symptoms can include a pale complexion, fatigue, joint pain, nosebleeds and repeated infections such as sore throats.
  • This type of leukaemia is rare and more common in children and young people, however it requires urgent medical treatment, usually with chemotherapy.

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