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If you have MDS, will you get leukemia?

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With some types of MDS, you’re more likely to develop acute myeloid leukemia (AML). That’s when your bone marrow makes too much of a certain type of white blood cell. It can get worse quickly if it’s not treated.

With most types of MDS though, the chance of leukemia is much lower.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

American Cancer Society: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

DeAngelo, D, Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Biology and Treatment, in Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice, Saunders Elsevier, 2013.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What is Fanconi Anemia?"

National Library of Medicine: "Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome," "Severe Congenital Neutropenia."

Ferri's Netter Patient Advisor: "Managing your myelodysplastic syndrome."

Nemours (KidsHealth.org): “About Down Syndrome.”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Bloom syndrome,” “Ataxia-telangiectasia,” “Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria,” “Severe congenital neutropenia.”

American Cancer Society: “Benzene and Cancer Risk.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

American Cancer Society: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

DeAngelo, D, Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Biology and Treatment, in Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice, Saunders Elsevier, 2013.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What is Fanconi Anemia?"

National Library of Medicine: "Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome," "Severe Congenital Neutropenia."

Ferri's Netter Patient Advisor: "Managing your myelodysplastic syndrome."

Nemours (KidsHealth.org): “About Down Syndrome.”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Bloom syndrome,” “Ataxia-telangiectasia,” “Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria,” “Severe congenital neutropenia.”

American Cancer Society: “Benzene and Cancer Risk.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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