Expert Video - What are the symptoms of MDS?

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

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acceleron Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Takeda Oncology.

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