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Symptoms of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
Symptoms due to Anemia
- Rapid heart beat
- Shortness of breath
- Mood changes
- Angina —This condition is characterized by pain in the chest that feels like squeezing or pressure.
- Heart failure —This is the inability of the heart to pump the necessary amount of blood through the body, which causes fluid to pool in the liver, lungs, and other parts of the body. The first symptom is usually swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs.
Symptoms Due to a Bleeding Disorder
- Unusually heavy bleeding from minor cuts
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Bleeding from your gums
- Rarely, spontaneous internal bleeding into the soft tissues or the gastrointestinal tract
Bleeding into the nervous system, including the back of the eyes (the retina), which can lead to blurred vision
- Any new onset of blurred vision should be referred to your doctor right away for prompt treatment.
Symptoms Due to Infection
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Silverman LR. Myelodysplastic syndrome. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancer%5Finformation/ . Accessed November 30, 2002.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 01/13/2014