As taken from the mdsbeacon website and originally published by Biblia Kim 5/1/09, it is as follows:
The symptoms of MDS will vary depending on the severity of the disease. Nearly half of those with MDS display no symptoms upon initial diagnosis.
Anemia, or low red blood cell count, cause the most common symptoms because red blood cells are responsible for distributing oxygen throughout the body. In MDS, the percentage of healthy red blood cells is below normal; therefore, the body does not receive adequate oxygen.
Signs of anemia include:
- Chronic tiredness or fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Pale skin
- Chilled sensations
- Cardiovascular symptoms, such as chest pain (older patients)
The common infections associated with neutropenia include:
- Skin infection
- Sinus infection accompanied by nasal congestion
- Lung infection accompanied by shortness of breath or a cough
- Urinary tract infection accompanied by frequent and painful urination.
People with MDS have a greater frequency of the following symptoms:
- Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
- Bleeding gums
- Flat, pinpoint bruises
- Rashes of small red dots(petachiae).
- Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
- Enlarged liver (hepatomegaly)
- Abnormal shape or size of cells
- Chromosomal abnormalities.
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