8 Things to Know About Myelofibrosis

Myelofibrosis is uncommon, but potentially deadly if left untreated.

Normally, your bone marrow produces all kinds of blood cells. Myelofibrosis (MF) disrupts this process and causes the marrow to produce scar tissue instead of vital cells. When the number of circulating red and white blood cells falls, the body lacks oxygenation and is left vulnerable to infection. MF also can cause your spleen and liver to become enlarged. Luckily, myelofibrosis can be treated. Discover 8 other fascinating facts about this rare blood disorder.

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