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Are there blood tests for myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases?

While there are no specific blood tests for myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases, doctors do take samples from your peripheral circulation. A complete blood count, often abbreviated CBC, enables the doctor to determine how many platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells are in your peripheral blood. The doctor can check for blood cell abnormalities under a microscope by doing a peripheral smear. Blasts are blood cells that have not fully developed. The type of cells in the peripheral blood and the percentage of blasts can be used in the diagnosis and typing of myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases.

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