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Does interferon beta cause changes in bone marrow over time and is it serious?

Does interferon beta cause changes in bone marrow over time and is it serious?

Rarely: More precisely interferon beta has rarely been associated with "pancytopenia" meaning a decrease in all the blood cell lines, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. It can be serious if undetected since low platelets can result in bleeding and low WBC counts can result in serious infection, but a patient on the drug can be monitored for this and the drug discontinued if problems occur. ...Read more

Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


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I have MS and i take interferon beta 1b Dose it effects my erection ?? Lately i am having problems to have long erection please help

I have MS and i take interferon beta 1b 
Dose it effects my erection ?? 
Lately i am having problems to have long erection  please help

Multi factorial: Ralph, there are a bunch of things going on here. It is difficult to know how everything interacts. You may feel embarrassed talking to someone about this face to face, but this is the place to start. Your neurologist is the first person I'd talk to. If he/she cannot help, have him/her refer you to a urologist. This is problem has a solution. ...Read more

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What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

What is the structure of avonex (interferon beta 1a)? What does it do in the body?

Response: Avonex, a minimally effective interferon, is intended to slow inflammatory cellular invasion of central nervous system in MS. An extremely poor choice these days in presence of 12 more effective drugs. Side effects such as general malaise, flu-like reactions, depression, thyroid issues, liver problems, fatigue and need to inject limit use. If you wish to view structure, visit Wikipedia. ...Read more

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Mri showed changes in my bone marrow. Shouldi have bone morrow biopsy to evaluate and how likely is it that this is serious? I have been taking interf

Mri showed changes in my bone marrow. Shouldi have bone morrow biopsy to evaluate and how likely is it that this is serious? I have been taking interf

See hematologist: Can't answer here. See a hematologist (blood specialist), get examined; find out. Sometimes can't find out cause without evaluation of bone marrow. Follow up with your regular doc too. ...Read more

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Can severe scoliosis of 49 degrees cause bone marrow failure? Thanks

Can severe scoliosis of 49 degrees cause bone marrow failure? Thanks

No: Some conditions that are associated with scoliosis are also associated with marrow failure, but the scoliosis itself does not cause marrow failure. ...Read more

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Doctors told my girl friend that her body can't produce enough bone marrow, what can she do? Is it serious?Which foods are useful for this condition?

Doctors told my girl friend that her body can't produce enough bone marrow, what can she do? Is it serious?Which foods are useful for this condition?

Could be serious: She needs to be under the care of a hematologist, a specialist in blood disorders. As long as she is making adequate amount of blood(can be checked with a cbc, blood test), she is not in any immediate danger. But sometimes bone marrow can shut down production completely. This may be a serious problem... Should seek second opinion, if need. ...Read more

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Thymic extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma diagnosis on thymectomy. How likely is it to spread to bone marrow? If so, is it serious? What are the treatments?

Thymic extra nodal marginal zone lymphoma diagnosis on thymectomy. How likely is it to spread to bone marrow?  If so, is it serious? What are the treatments?

It depends: The most important aspect about thymomas is not the histology and in some cases whether it has spread beyond the thymic capsule; but how it behaves clinically. The most important thing is to remove all of the tumor at the first setting even if it spread outside the capsule. External beam radiation is for treatment of local disease, chemo for systemic. ...Read more

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Can a viral illness cause slow bone marrow activity and low cell counts for over 4 months?

Can a viral illness cause slow bone marrow activity and low cell counts for over 4 months?

Viral infection: There are dozens of different viruses, and yes, some are capable of inhibiting bone marrow cell synthesis with subsequent low cell counts. This does not mean, however, that your results are necessarily related to a viral illness and you deserve to have further investigation. ...Read more

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What conditions can cause decreased bone marrow?

What conditions can cause decreased bone marrow?

Many diseases can do: Radiation and chemotherapy are common causes. Cancer can get into the bone marrow and replace it, thus crowding the bone marrow cells and prevent normal function. Sometimes the cause is unknown..It is called aplastic bone marrow( aplastic anemia). Cancer of the blood cells(leukemia)can also suppress normal bone marrow and cause low blood counts or sometime high blood counts(but few normal cells). ...Read more

Bone Marrow (Definition)

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more