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The importance of myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis

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Published: 18.02.11
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Dr Reinhard Stauder - Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria

Dr Reinhard Stauder talks about the issue of misdiagnosis of elderly patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). If not treated correctly, 30% of patients with MDS will progress to acute myeloid leukaemia. Dr Struder discusses what clinicians can do to ensure they identify MDS and talks about information he is presenting at ASH 2010 based on a registry of patients with MDS. This registry, which monitors patient quality of life based on the EQ5D (European Quality of life 5 Dimensions) system, has shown how quality of life varies with factors such as age, sex and nationality. Dr Strauder considers why these differences occur and explains how this information will help clinicians treat MDS patients.

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