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Guide To The Warning Signs Of Basophilia

Unexplained Weight Loss 

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Unexplained weight loss that occurs in a patient with basophilia could be due to leukemia. This symptom could also develop in individuals with conditions that affect eating, including inflammatory bowel disease. Unexplained weight loss happens when a patient loses more than five percent of their body weight in twelve months or less without actively trying to lose weight. Patients may want to check their weight regularly so that they know if they are losing weight. It can help if they keep a journal with any additional symptoms too. Since unintentional weight loss could indicate a serious medical condition, patients should always be examined by a doctor if they notice any concerning weight changes. 

The doctor will want to know if the patient has experienced any shortness of breath, jaundice, or palpitations. They may ask if the patient has had a persistent cough. The doctor should also know about any history of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Patients may need to have blood tests to investigate unexplained weight loss properly. Doctors could order a complete blood count, a thyroid panel, liver and kidney function tests, and electrolyte tests. MRI scans, CT scans, and PET scans may be necessary. Some individuals may need an endoscopy or colonoscopy. Treatment for unintentional weight loss may include lifestyle measures or medications to stimulate the patient's appetite.

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