Module 2. Diagnosis of MDS

What are the clinical features and symptoms of MDS?

MDS experts, Dr Alan List and Dr David Sallman, describe the clinical features and symptoms of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Symptoms depend on which blood cell counts are low. Patients with low white cell counts (neutropenia) may have frequent infections and fever. Patients with low red cell counts (anemia) may have shortness of breath or fatigue. Patients with low platelet counts (thrombocyctopenia) may bleed or bruise easily. There is a risk that MDS can turn into leukemia if it gets worse.
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Animation - Diagnosis of MDS
1. Animation - Diagnosis of MDS
Slide Show - Diagnosis of MDS
2. Slide Show - Diagnosis of MDS

Expert Videos

How is MDS diagnosed?
3. How is MDS diagnosed?
What is involved in screening for MDS?
4. What is involved in screening for MDS?
What is genetic testing for MDS?
5. What is genetic testing for MDS?
What are the clinical features and symptoms of MDS?
6. What are the clinical features and symptoms of MDS?
What are the overlap syndromes that have features of MDS?
7. What are the overlap syndromes that have features of MDS?
What is the prognostic classification of MDS?
8. What is the prognostic classification of MDS?

Patient Videos

George's story: How was your MDS diagnosed?
9. George's story: How was your MDS diagnosed?

This educational activity has been developed by
the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by charitable grants from Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, and Takeda Oncology.

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