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What are the symptoms of myelodysplastic syndromes (mds)?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It varies

There may be none or the patient may feel tired from anemia, show signs of bruising from low platelets or infections from low white blood counts.

In brief: It varies

There may be none or the patient may feel tired from anemia, show signs of bruising from low platelets or infections from low white blood counts.
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Variable

The disease may be asymptomatic and can be diagnosed because of abnormal blood tests.
Or there can be symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, bleeding, easy bruising and increased infections.

In brief: Variable

The disease may be asymptomatic and can be diagnosed because of abnormal blood tests.
Or there can be symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, bleeding, easy bruising and increased infections.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Matthew Fero
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: MDS

is sometimes called Refractory Anemia because it causes anemia (low red blood cells) that doesn't get better with iron and vitamin replacement.
Anemia makes the skin look pale and causes shortness of breath with exercise, because RBC carry oxygen. MDS may also cause low white blood cells (WBC) which increases the risk infections; and low low blood platelets which causes easy bruising or bleeding.

In brief: MDS

is sometimes called Refractory Anemia because it causes anemia (low red blood cells) that doesn't get better with iron and vitamin replacement.
Anemia makes the skin look pale and causes shortness of breath with exercise, because RBC carry oxygen. MDS may also cause low white blood cells (WBC) which increases the risk infections; and low low blood platelets which causes easy bruising or bleeding.
Dr. Matthew Fero
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Dr. Agos Luca
Pathology

In brief: Bone marrow

The only way to diagnose a myelodysplastic syndrome completely an accurately including prognostic factors is by performing a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration with subsequent multi-pronged assessment: morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and molecular studies.
Some changes in the peripheral blood may suggest mds but a complete diagnosis still relies on bone marrow examination.

In brief: Bone marrow

The only way to diagnose a myelodysplastic syndrome completely an accurately including prognostic factors is by performing a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration with subsequent multi-pronged assessment: morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and molecular studies.
Some changes in the peripheral blood may suggest mds but a complete diagnosis still relies on bone marrow examination.
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