A 33-year-old male asked:
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if mds can be treated by epo why use of blood transfusion. does mds with low risk turn high risk? can mds remain as diagnosed initialy with no progres

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Epo: If hb is low enough -say- less than 7-8- or one is symptomatic- blood transfusion would likely be needed and would be more beneficial than epo- as sometimes it takes a while - needing a few injections-before you get better.If the hb is stable around 9 and no symptoms- i would do EPO only and see. Yes mild mds can progress to high risk/leukemia. Yes, it can remains as low mds for a while. Need f/u.
Answered on Feb 13, 2015

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