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What are the symptoms of myelofibrosis?

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Many people who have myelofibrosis don’t feel symptoms for years because it usually grows so slowly. However, over time, this rare blood disease can affect the way your body makes the three types of blood cells -- red, white, and platelets. Each causes different symptoms, including:

  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Itching
  • Coughing up blood
  • Seizures
  • Pressure on your spinal cord
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Gout

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis,” “Myelofibrosis Facts.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF).”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anemia?”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Complications.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis,” “Myelofibrosis Facts.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF).”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anemia?”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Complications.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

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