MDS expert, Dr Stephen Nimer, describes the variety of symptoms that may be associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Symptoms vary and depend on which blood cells are low. A low red cell count (anemia) may lead to shortness of breath or fatigue. A low platelet count (thrombocyctopenia) may cause easy bruising or bleeding. A low white cell count (neutropenia) may lead to frequent infections and fever. Some people with MDS have no symptoms, and are diagnosed by chance after a routine blood test.
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