International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS)

Greenberg, P., Cox, C., LeBeau et al. International scoring system for evaluating prognosis in myelodysplastic syndromes. Blood 1997; 89, 2079-2088.
Prognostic variable 0 0.5 1 (Score value) 1.5 2
Bone marrow blasts (%) <5 5 - 10  - 11 - 20  21 - 30
Karyotype* Good Intermediate  Poor
Cytopenias 0-1 2 - 3  -


*Good: normal, -Y, del(5q), del(20q)
Poor: chromosome 7 anomalies or complex (≥3 abnormalities)
Intermediate: other abnormalities.

Cytopenias defined as haemoglobin concentration <100 g/l, neutrophils <1.8 x 109/l and platelets <100 x 109/l

IPSS Prognostic Risk Categories/Scores

Low 0
Intermediate - 1 0.5 - 1
Intermediate - 2 1.5 - 2
 High ≥2.5

Education Grants


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IPSS-R MDS Risk Assessment Calculator

Revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R) for Myelodysplastic Syndromes Risk Assessment Calculator


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MDS Fact Sheet

MDS Factsheet for GPs General Practicioners


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Varicella Vaccine in MDS

Urgent Clarification on varicella vaccine policy

Current advice from the UK MDS Forum is not to give the Live Varicella Vaccine to patients with MDS.

Please read below correspondence between Professor Salisbury and Dr George Follows, the latter on behalf of the CLL Forum, on the varicella vaccine policy.
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NICE Guideline

Lenalidomide for treating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with an isolated deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality.

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BCSH Guideline

This is an external  link to the home of the British Society for Haematology (BSH). 

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