Complications of myelodysplastic syndromes include:

  • Anemia. Reduced numbers of red blood cells can cause anemia, which can make you feel tired.
  • Recurrent infections. Having too few white blood cells increases your risk of serious infections.
  • Bleeding that won't stop. Lacking platelets in your blood to stop bleeding can lead to excessive bleeding that won't stop.
  • Increased risk of cancer. Some people with myelodysplastic syndromes may eventually develop a cancer of the blood cells (leukemia).
Nov. 11, 2014