Myeloproliferative disorders are diseases in which too many blood cells are made
by the bone marrow, there are 4 main types of myeloproliferative disorders: chronic myelogenous leukaemia, polycythemia
vera, agnogenic myeloid metaplasia, and essential thrombocythemia. Chronic myelogenous leukaemia is where an excess of granulocytes (immature white blood cells) are found in the blood and bone marrow.
Polycythemia vera is where red blood cells become too numerous often resulting in a swelling of the spleen. Agnogenic myeloid metaplasia is a condition in which certain blood cells do not mature properly, this may result in a swelling of the
spleen and anaemia. Essential thrombocythemia is a disease in which the body produces excessive numbers of platelets (cells in the blood that make it clot) which impedes the normal circulation of blood.
- Patient's information for Myeloproliferative Disorders (CancerNet) Information about the disease, staging, and treatment overviews. It is reviewed each month by a panel of medical experts.
- Essential Thrombocythaemia (Leukaemia Research Fund, UK)
- Myeloproliferative Disorders Resource Center (ACOR) This site contains information for both patients and physicians and includes MPD FAQ, glossary, newsletter, MPD Alert, medical links, and online support groups.
- Polycythaemia Vera (Leukaemia Research Fund, UK)
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- Physician's PDQ statement for Myeloproliferative Disorders (CancerNet) A referenced overview of the disease, cellular classification, staging, and current treatment overviews. It is reviewed each month by experts at the NCI.
- Myeloproliferative Disorders and other causes of elevated blood counts by Tom DeLoughery,MD (CliniWeb)
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