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Can myelofibrosis cause growths?

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Blood cells are supposed to form inside your bone marrow. But myelofibrosis might cause them to grow in other parts of your body, like your lungs, liver, spleen, and digestive tract. This can cause clumps or tumors that your doctor will call extramedullary hematopoiesis. They can make you bleed, cough up blood, or have seizures.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Myelofibrosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Gout: Causes," "Myelofibrosis: Complications."

National Marrow Donor Program: "How a bone marrow transplant works.”

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis: Disease Complications."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Primary Myelofibrosis."

American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Myelofibrosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Gout: Causes," "Myelofibrosis: Complications."

National Marrow Donor Program: "How a bone marrow transplant works.”

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis: Disease Complications."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Primary Myelofibrosis."

American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

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