Friday, December 23, 2011

Myelodysplastic syndrome versus myeloproliferative disorder

I've seen fuzzy use of these terms and evidently the question came up at Emory morning report, hence a post at The Bottom Line:

Myeloproliferative diseases are characterized by large numbers of abnormal blood cells (red, white or platelets) growing and spreading in bone marrow and blood. On the other hand, myelodysplastic syndrome includes various clonal hemopathies characterized by decreased production of blood cells and are associated with a risk for development of acute leukemia.

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