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

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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