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How do chronic myeloproliferative disorders affect the body?

In chronic myeloproliferative disorders, the bone marrow produces too many red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. Although the symptoms of these types of disorders aren't usually life-threatening, complications can be serious. Examples of complications from an excessive amount of blood cells include abnormal bleeding, infection, organ failure, heart attacks, stroke, and gout. It's important to have an annual physical exam and complete blood count (CBC) to detect any blood disease.

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