Symptoms of MDS
In the early stages of the disease, symptoms are rare. This unfortunate fact is one of the main reasons that the disease can be difficult to diagnose. But, over time, people with MDS may notice
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Bone pain
Other symptoms of Myelodysplastic Syndrome include
||Low red blood cell count (anemia)
|Easy or unusual bruising/bleeding
||Low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
|frequent or severe infections
||Low white blood cell count (leukopenia)
|Pinpoint sized red spots
||Bleeding just below the skin (petechiae)
How is Myelodysplastic Syndrome Diagnosed?
When doctors suspect that their patient suffers from myelodysplastic syndrome, most rely on blood and bone marrow tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Low counts of various blood cells support an MDS diagnosis. But low blood counts are also symptoms of a variety of other disorders. So, doctors also inspect the cell’s appearance for abnormal sizes or shapes as further evidence. When the count and appearance of the tested cells suggest myelodysplasia, doctors will order bone marrow tests for confirmation.
MDS patients are characterized by degenerating bone marrow in addition to low cell counts. Thus, doctors run chromosomal studies on these cells to identify abnormalities that support or contradict a myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis.
Your doctor may run additional tests to rule out other diseases or test other theories. However, blood and bone marrow tests are the most common tools for diagnosing MDS.
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Who is at Risk for Myelodysplastic Syndrome from Benzene Exposure?
Individuals whose professions put them in close contact with toxins run a higher risk of developing MDS. Sadly, occupational exposure to toxins is far more common than most people think. In fact, most of our myelodysplastic syndrome clients suffered benzene exposure at work.
While jobs with benzene exposures are varied, well-documented examples include:
Because benzene can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or ingested, any exposure to benzene can be dangerous. Thus, professions not commonly associated with toxins may be at risk. Even farmers have contracted myelodysplastic syndrome from benzene in the herbicides and pesticides used on their crops.
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MDS Treatment Options
Myelodysplastic syndromes have no known cures. Thus, the main goals of treatment are to increase blood counts and limit symptoms while preventing the disease from progressing into leukemia.
Because there are various types of MDS, the treatment your doctor prescribes will depend on your specific diagnosis. Common treatments include
- Blood transfusions
- Bone marrow transplants
- Stem cell transplants
- Blood-cell growth factors
In many cases, patients undergo a variety of treatments, both to suppress the disease and to combat the side effects of treatment.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
At Hughes Law Offices LLC, we focus on helping those with myelodysplastic syndrome obtain the compensation they deserve. We target the manufacturers of the benzene-containing products as well as property owners who needlessly exposed contractors to benzene.
Generations of hard-working Americans come in contact with benzene. And these exposures can cause MDS years, even decades later. With your help, we can hold the petro-chemical conglomerates to account for their negligence and for your suffering.
Benzene product liability and premises liability cases are complicated undertakings requiring multiple experts and distinct areas of the law. Hiring the right attorney is very important. To learn more about fact patterns, settlement values, and benzene verdict amounts, click here.
As you focus on your recovery, let us help secure justice on your behalf. Call 1-800-BENZENE today to speak with an experienced benzene attorney.