Myelodysplastic Syndrome Overview

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Signs and symptoms of myelodysplastic syndromes

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) can cause many signs and symptoms such as weight loss, fever, and loss of appetite. These problems, however, are most often caused by something other than cancer.

Shortages of one or more types of blood cells cause many of the symptoms of MDS.

  • A shortage of red blood cells can cause tiredness, shortness of breath, and pale skin.
  • A shortage of normal white blood cells can lead to infections and fever.
  • A shortage of platelets can cause easy bruising and bleeding.

Last Medical Review: 02/27/2014
Last Revised: 04/03/2014