MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROME WARNING SIGNS: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Overview

A group of disorders resulting from poorly formed or dysfunctional blood cells. This causes tiredness, difficulty in breating, pale skin, frequent infections, easy bruising and bleeding.

Symptoms

If you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of a Myelodysplastic syndrome, seek medical attention immediately

Myelodysplastic syndrome is symptomless during early stages of the disease.

As the disease advances, it may lead to following symptoms:

  • Constant fatigue/tiredness
  • Shortness of breath during activities or exercising
  • Pallor or unusual paleness resulting from anemia
  • Easy bruising and/or bleeding
  • Petechiae or pinpointsized red spots beneath the skin
  • Frequent infections
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Myelodysplastic syndrome

Common treatment options

How is this diagnosed?

Causes

  • Myelodysplastic syndrome results from changes in bone marrow that leads to production of defective and immature blood cells
  • Factors that may contribute to this change include
  • Aging
  • Cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Exposure to chemicals such as tobacco smoke, pesticides, benzene
  • Exposure to heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Genetically inherited conditions such as Down syndrome, Fanconi anemia, ShwachmanDiamond syndrome, etc
  • Blood disorders such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Family history

Questions to ask your doctor

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For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice. Source: Focus Medica.

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