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How do myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases affect the body?

Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disorders affect the body by interfering with the production of normal, healthy blood cells in the bone marrow. When you are unable to produce enough normal while blood cells, you are more susceptible to infections as your body is less able to fight viruses and bacteria. When you do not have enough red blood cells in your peripheral circulation, you may feel tired or appear pale. If you do not have enough platelets, small cuts may take a long time to stop bleeding and you may get bruises from very minor trauma.

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