What is the role of surgery in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)?

Updated: Jul 24, 2018
  • Author: Emmanuel C Besa, MD; Chief Editor: Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP, FACP  more...
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In the past, splenectomy was performed in patients with an enlarged spleen to treat the cytopenias or transfusion refractoriness. With current therapy, splenectomy is not indicated ; indeed, it could be disastrous in this condition.


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