A rare form of “pre-cancer” of the bone marrow, interfering with its ability to produce blood cells.ย  Sometimes it produces defective cells, sometimes it just doesn’t produce enough.ย  This can leave a patient at risk of infection, cause Anemia, or bruising; the danger is if it turns into Leukemia.ย 

Myelodysplasia is almost always a disease of the elderly. Patients may have no symptoms at all at first, just an abnormal result on a routine complete blood count (CBC) lab test.ย  Diagnosis is eventually made by a bone marrow biopsy — aspirating a sample from the pelvic bone.ย  There are lots of different forms of myelodysplasia, some mild and some severe.ย  Treatments vary enormously.

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