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What do different blood cells do and how does myelofibrosis affect them?

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Red blood cells deliver oxygen to your organs and tissues like muscles. If you have too few (your doctor will call this anemia), you might feel weak, short of breath, lightheaded, or really tired. You may have bone pain.

White blood cells help you fight off infections. If you have too many, your body can’t defend you from illness like it’s supposed to do.

Platelets make your blood clot when you get a cut so you can form a scab and heal. Without enough platelets, it may be hard for you to stop bleeding.

From: What Is Myelofibrosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

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