Myelodysplastic Syndrome

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome are associated with low blood cell counts. They can vary in severity, from person to person, and over time. Depending on the type of blood cell(s) and the degree to which they are affected, there may be only a few subtle signs and symptoms present, or there may be several and they may overlap categories:

Low RBC count (anemia)

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin

Low WBC count (leukopenia)

  • Recurrent infections
  • Fever

Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)

  • Excessive bleeding (e.g., nose bleeding)
  • Easy bruising
  • Petechiae (tiny reddish spots on the skin)

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