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Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What is myelodysplastic syndrome?

What is myelodysplastic syndrome?

Blood disorder: This is a family of diseases that cause bone marrow dysfunction. There are several types that have different prognoses. Some types are precursors to leukemia. They show up a low blood counts usually in older patients.

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Dr. Aurea Tomeski
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Pre Leukemia (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) (Definition)

A bone marrow disorder which causes low blood counts (anemia and low white cells and platelets) and a tendendency to develop leukemia. There are several different forms of MDS and many different types of treatment. Hematologists and oncologists specialize in treating this condition. The diagnosis is made by performing a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more


Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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What does this procedure mean? Myelodysplastic syndrome

What does this procedure mean? Myelodysplastic syndrome

See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is not a procedure but a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but still malignant. Mds usually evolves more slowly then leukemia and sometimes can transform into acute leukemia and become more aggressive and faster evolving. It can be treated with chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant but sometimes treatment is not necessary.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What are some of the tests for Myelodysplastic syndrome?

The tests for Myelodysplastic syndrome include:: Bone marrow biopsy, Complete blood count, Epoetin alfa, HIV test, HLA typing, Reticulocyte count, Vitamin B12 folate (folic acid) blood level, RBC folate (folic acid), Iron and iron binding capacity.

Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
Internal Medicine - Oncology
32 years in practice
Nanjing Medical College
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Would you define low grade myelodysplastic syndrome lesions?

MDS: MDS is a group of conditions that involve in abnormal bone marrow changes and lead to inffective blood cell production. Using a comlicated system, MDS can be devided into low-grade (20%). Low-grade MDS does not require chemotherapy and is primarily treated with supportive care.

Dr. Kelty Baker Dr. Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: myelodysplastic syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: myelodysplastic syndrome?

MDS: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a bone marrow disorder which causes low blood counts (anemia, and low white cells and platelets) and a tendendency to develop leukemia. There are several different forms of mds and many different types of treatment. Hematologists and oncologists are the doctors that specialize in treating this condition. The diagnosis is made by performing a bone marrow biopsy.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Christopher Cogle Dr. Cogle
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
20 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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If myelodysplastic syndrome is mainly caused by exposure to certain elements. How long ago would that exposure have been?

If myelodysplastic syndrome is mainly caused by exposure to certain elements. How long ago would that exposure have been?

MDS Carcinogens: Alkylating chemotherapies can cause MDS 5-7 years from last dose. Radiation can cause MDS 10-40 years after last dose. Although it's debatable whether modern radiation therapy can cause MDS (see my PubMed article: 24577814). Benzene can cause bone marrow aplasia, MDS or AML 4-14 years after exposure. Tobacco (benzene et al) smoking is significantly associated with MDS with onset 10-20 years.

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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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I have been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and just saw "with high grade lesions" but can't find any definition of the lesions.?

See below...: This is not standard terminology. Make sure your diagnostic samples have been reviewed by a hematopathologist (a pathologist specialized in the diagnosis of hematologic diseases) and discuss the report with your hematologist/oncologist.

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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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What happens to the marrow in myelodysplastic syndrome?

See below...: The bone marrow is usually hypercellular (high cellularity) in mds, similar to leukemia. However, unlike leukemia, most of these abnormal cells cannot get out of the marrow into the peripheral blood (ineffective hematopoiesis). Consequently, the peripheral blood cell counts are abnormally low (cytopenia), unlike leukemia where the white blood cell count is usually highly elevated.

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein Dr. Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
26 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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What are the marrow features in myelodysplastic syndrome?

Myelodysplasia: The typical bone marrow features seen in myelodysplastic syndrome can include a hypercellular marrow (the marrow is too full of cells although in some cases the bone marrow can be more empty (hypocellular). There is typically disorder growth of cells so that they do not mature normally (dypsoiesis). Also, many times the chromosomes (cytogenetics) of the bone marrow cells will be abnormal.

Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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With myelodysplastic syndrome why does the body stop producing healthy blood?

With myelodysplastic syndrome why does the body stop producing healthy blood?

See below...: The bone marrow (where blood elements are produced) has high cellularity in mds, similar to leukemia. However, unlike leukemia, most of these abnormal cells cannot get out of the marrow into the peripheral blood (ineffective hematopoiesis). Consequently, the peripheral blood cell counts are abnormally low (cytopenia), unlike leukemia where the white blood cell count is usually highly elevated.

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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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What is the treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome?

See below...: Myelodysplastic syndromes (mds) represent a group of bone marrow cancers similar to leukemias in many respects but usually with a less aggressive evolution. Like many other types of cancer, treatment includes chemotherapy and sometimes bone marrow transplantation; however, if the mds is low grade sometimes treatment is not necessary, at least not initially (watchful waiting).

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Dr. Edward Gold Dr. Gold
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How are pancytopenia and myelodysplastic syndrome differentiated?

Bone Marrow Biopsy: Pancytopenia is a clinical condition that can be caused by a variety of diseases such as aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, drug toxicity. Myelodysplasia is a clinical syndrome that may manifest itself as pancytopenia. A bone marrow biopsy is the only way to tell what is going on.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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I have mgus and myelodysplastic syndrome and my dr is not treating me should I change drs?

See below...: Both monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (mgus) and myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) are disease entities that may be managed by watchful waiting. If your physician is a hematologist/oncologist then he or she probably has significant experience with these diseases and manages them accordingly.

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Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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Can amalgams in teeth cause myelodysplastic syndrome???

No: The simple answer is no. To my knowledge, there has never been any study to show that link, and in fact, your question is the first time in my lifetime that I have even had the question asked or link suggested. See: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/myelodysplasticsyndrome/

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Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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For myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) patients, how does genome sequencing help?

Diagnosis: For certain patients, genomic sequencing can help establish a diagnosis of mds, especially those without large chromosomal abnormalities. In addition, sequencing can be used to help monitor for response to treatment. There are also limited data to suggest that certain mutations can be useful in prognosis. This is an emerging field of medicine and hopefully your oncologist can help guide you.

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Dr. Agos Luca Dr. Luca
Pathology
years in practice
Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu-Mures
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My husbands mother wad diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in her mid 50's, passed away she was deficient of chromosome 8. Is this hereditary?

My husbands mother wad diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in her mid 50's, passed away she was deficient of chromosome 8. Is this hereditary?

Probably not: Even though a history of mds in first degree relatives may slightly increase the overall risk to develop mds, the risk is still minimal and these diseases are usually not hereditary.

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Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Will people who have had breast cancer likely to get myelodysplastic syndrome?

Will people who have had breast cancer likely to get myelodysplastic syndrome?

Side effect: This is a side effect of some chemotherapy agents. This side effect does not happen to everyone. It is important to follow up with your medical oncologist after treatment is complete so they can keep track of your blood cell counts. If have concerns that you may have developed this, speak to your doctor.

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