Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) is when your bone marrow makes blood cells that do not work very well.  This different from Aplastic Anemia where the bone marrow just stops making the blood cells.

The symptoms are similar to Aplastic Anemia in that you would have fatigue or tiredness, bleeding or bruising and be prone to infections.  This is because all of your different types of blood cells are not working like they should be.

Just like Aplastic Anemia, we believe that Myelodysplastic Syndromes is due to chemical exposure, particularly benzene.

Some Myelodysplastic Syndromes Resources:

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, Inc.

National Cancer Institute

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