There are over 200 bones in the adult body, providing the skeletal framework that gives us form and enables function. In the center of large bones is the bone marrow, which stores crucial nutrients and minerals, and produces blood cells that nourish the body and help fight infection. But there are times when the bone marrow itself is subject to injury — a condition known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
MDS is a rare group of diseases that cause bone marrow failure, throwing off the fine balance of blood production. Stem cells (immature cells) do not develop as they should, causing a buildup in abnormal cells and a decrease in mature red and white cells. At the office of Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore, our skilled professionals are experts in the diagnosis and treatment blood disorders including MDS. Our compassionate team will take the time to listen to your concerns, and offer state-of-the-art treatments for the very best outcome.
While the causes of MDS are somewhat of a mystery, the chances of developing it become higher as a person ages. Early on, MDS usually has no symptoms. But as the disease progresses, its effect on the different types of blood cells can cause such symptoms as fatigue, increased risk of infection due to low white blood cell counts, and bleeding or bruising due to the low number of clot-producing blood cells known as platelets.
Treatments will depend on the specific type and severity of the MDS but can include blood transfusions, hormone therapy and, in more severe cases, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.
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By Hematology/Oncology of the North Shore
December 27, 2021