Overview of Myeloproliferative Disorders
In myeloproliferative disorders (myelo = bone marrow, proliferative = rapid multiplication), the blood-producing cells in the bone marrow (precursor cells) develop and reproduce excessively or are crowded out by an overgrowth of fibrous tissue. Typically, these disorders are acquired and not inherited, although rarely there are families in which several members have these disorders.
Three major myeloproliferative disorders are
In a small number of people, a myeloproliferative disorder progresses or transforms to leukemia, which is a cancerous (malignant) disorder.