How Is MF Diagnosed?

Sometimes, people diagnosed with myelofibrosis (MF) do not have obvious symptoms. An enlarged spleen or abnormal blood cell count may be noticed at a routine check-up. Once an enlarged spleen or abnormal blood cell count is detected, your Healthcare Professional may refer you to a specialist to confirm your diagnosis and coordinate your care.

There are different things your Healthcare Professional may do to diagnose MF. Your Healthcare Professional may:

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Review your medical history

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Do a physical exam

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Use ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take pictures of the organs and bones

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Order blood and bone marrow tests

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood smear
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Genetic tests

Watch physician assistant Amber Essenmacher explain the potential benefits of consulting a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) specialist after your MF diagnosis.

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When I got my diagnosis, we realized the future was not going to look like what we thought it would. –Marilyn, Post–essential thrombocythemia MF patient

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