Medical Definition of Preleukemia

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Preleukemia: A condition in which the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. This condition may progress to become acute leukemia. Preleukemia also is called myelodysplastic syndrome or smoldering leukemia.

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Last Editorial Review: 1/24/2017

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