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Myeloid Metaplasia and Receiving Social Security Disability

Myeloid metaplasia is a serious disorder of your bone marrow that upsets the normal production of blood cells by your body. Your bone marrow goes through fibrosis. What this means is that fibrous scar tissue takes the place of the blood-producing cells in your bone marrow. This leads to abnormally shaped red blood cells, an enlarged spleen and anemia. Cells that are known as fibroblasts make fibrous (connective) tissue that assists your blood-producing cells when your bone marrow is normal. With myeloid metaplasia, these fibroblasts make too much fibrous tissue. Your blood-producing cells are crowded out when this takes place. This leads to fewer red blood cells being released into your bloodstream, anemia developing that becomes progressively more severe and red blood cell production decreases. In addition to these problems, many of these red blood cells are immature or misshapen. Variable numbers of white blood cells and immature platelets may also be present in your blood. The number of your white blood cells may decrease or increase, and the number of your platelets usually decreases as myeloid metaplasia gets worse. Myeloid metaplasia was first described in 1879. It is now classified as a myeloproliferative disease. Thankfully, myeloid metaplasia is a rare disorder. It affects about 2 out of every 100,000 people in the United States. Myeloid metaplasia can develop at any age, but it occurs most often in people over the age of 50. Myeloid metaplasia can develop independently, or it can be a consequence of other blood disorders. Myeloid metaplasia is caused by the proliferation and growth of a defective (abnormal) bone marrow stem cell. When this happens your bone marrow is replaced with fibrous connective tissue. However, no one knows what causes the abnormal bone marrow stem cell to occur. Myeloid metaplasia usually develops slowly. Many people do not have any signs and symptoms in the early stages of the disorder. However, as myeloid metaplasia progresses, here are some signs and symptoms that you may experience:
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