What happens in MDS?

Normally, bone marrow produces:

  • red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body
  • white blood cells to help fight infection
  • platelets to help your blood to clot

In MDS,your bone marrow doesn't make enough healthyred blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets. Instead, it makes abnormalcells thatare not fully developed.

As the condition develops, your bone marrow becomes full of the abnormalblood cells, which spill out into your bloodstream.

MDS can either be indolent (slow developing) or aggressive (rapid developing).

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018