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How does radiation poisoning affect my bone marrow?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The hematopoietic syndrome is a term used to describe the effects of radiation poisoning on the bone marrow, spleen, and lymph nodes. These organs are responsible for making the blood cells that carry oxygen, stop bleeding, and fight infection. Moderately high doses of radiation can cause hematopoietic symptoms within the first hour after exposure. As blood cells die, the damaged bone marrow and other blood cell-producing organs are unable to replace them. This results in fatigue, shortness of breath, spontaneous bleeding, fever, and infection. Most individuals with access to medical care will survive this syndrome, though full recovery may take months to years. In addition, those that survive have a higher risk of blood cancers such as leukemia.

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