Transient myeloproliferative disease: keeping a high index of suspicion.
Transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD) can be found in well or ill newborns with Down syndrome. Although it is a relatively harmless process for most, in some children, TMD can present as a life-threatening state requiring critical care. As the disease is seemingly uncommon, some providers may lack a sense of urgency in the dissemination of TMD awareness; however, one can never know on whose door this patient may knock tomorrow. Advanced practice professionals should be prepared for the TMD patient that may present without warning. The goals of this article are to discuss common presentations, diagnosis, and management; and to bring attention to this often de-emphasized disease.
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