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  1. MDS - Basics

    ... the bone marrow cells do not develop into mature blood cells. Instead, these blood cells stay within the bone marrow in an ... What are the 3 Basic Types of Blood Cells? Red blood cells (RBCs) are also called erythrocytes. They make up almost half ...

    Topic section last updated 06/12/2018 - 12:47pm.

  2. Patient Trusts Her Instincts in Finding the Right Treatment

    ... classes.   But I did get a cancer diagnosis -- a rare blood cancer called MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). Specifically, it was the ... infusion.  It dropped my white blood cells very low, my red cell count to 6.7 and my platelets to 11.  I had to get blood and ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 05/10/2018 - 11:01am.

  3. South African Girl with PRCA Gets German Match

    ... rare bone marrow failure condition known as pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) . Her bone marrow has gone on strike and she’s not making red blood cells. What caused it remains a mystery, which has stumped doctors from ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 10:02am.

  4. My Encounter with Aplastic Anemia

    ... doctor told me to go to the hospital right away because my blood counts were extremely low. I had no idea what that meant at the time, and ... my boyfriend, T.J., had turned into hospitals, weekly red blood cell and platelet transfusions, and lots of fear. I was ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 10:16am.

  5. Family’s Support Spurs Recovery

    ... care in Virginia to have the cysts lanced and was given a blood test during the procedure. On Monday July 14th, I received a call at ... back in the normal range, he had taken off his mask and his red count was approaching normal. Jordan decided to go on with life.  He could ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 12:45pm.

  6. An Unusual Route to Diagnosis

    ... oncologist every month due to my treatment and she ran blood work every time. My numbers had been a little off for some time prior but ... in my hemoglobin , hematocrit , and my red and white blood cell count. She ran several tests, and I had a ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 12:12pm.

  7. Transplant Experience Amplifies Her Desire for Research Career

    ... mosquito bite. While scratching the bite, I discovered red spots on my skin called petechiae . They started appearing all over my hands and feet. After a trip to the doctor, a blood test, and a bone marrow biopsy , my doctor confirmed her ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 12:47pm.

  8. Gouldsmith Family Pulls Together for Gabby

    ... shins. She also had a persistent ear infection and I noticed red dots ( petechiae ) on her shoulders. I’m a nurse and work for a ... risking of further infection. Tests and the usual blood work were completed and results came back showing severe pancytopenia ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 8:29am.

  9. My Life is Making a Difference

    ... it was serious and even thought it could be leukemia. Blood tests were done, and when my doctor saw the results he called and told me ... for transfusions. Over the course of the next few weeks my red cells and platelets began to respond. By the end of May, I had my last red ...

    Patient Chronicle last updated 04/26/2018 - 10:20am.

  10. Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD)

    ... with stem cells gathered from peripheral blood, rather than bone marrow or cord blood Most cases of GVHD ... signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to: Red rash and itching Yellow tint to the skin or whites of the eyes ( ...

    Topic section last updated 04/30/2018 - 4:28pm.