Alternative Names: Myelosuppression
Bone Marrow Suppression is a reduction in the activity of the bone marrow, which is the thick liquid inside some of the bones that produces blood cells. The result is a reduction in red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which fight infection), and/or platelets (which control bleeding).
Symptoms of bone marrow suppression depend on the type(s) of blood cell deficiency.
Reduced white blood cells produce classic symptoms of a weak immune system:
Reduced platelets produce classic excess bleeding symptoms:
Aside from specific medications aimed at stimulating the bone marrow, the following advice should be followed if possible:
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