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What is a plastic anemia?

What is a plastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: The red cells aren't being made. A- means "not", -plastic means shape / form. No red cells are taking shape, even little immature ones. This can result from meds, autoimmunity, or a variety of other illnesses. If you're given the diagnosis, you'll want a hematologist to manage you. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Is it true that cord blood after having a baby would be helpful for a child with a plastic anemia?

Is it true that cord blood after having a baby would be helpful for a child with a plastic anemia?

Possible...: Cord blood transplants are currently being evaluated in clinical trials as a curative treatment for those with aplastic anemia. There is not a lot of data using related cord blood transplants (cord blood from unaffected sibling), most of it has been using unrelated from cord blood banks. ...Read more

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How should we regenerate bone marrow , if I am patient of plastic anemia?

How should we regenerate bone marrow , if I am patient of plastic anemia?

See details: Aplastic anemia is a serious issue that requires you be under the care of a hematologist. The treatment depends somewhat on the cause but prednisone.Is usually a component of that treatment. ...Read more

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My hasband had a plastic anemia and now has green indents on his skin now a golf ball size lump inside his chest and 2under his ribs?

Really needs exam: With a history of aplastic anemia (aa), he really needs to be seen by a physician now. How long ago did he have aa? Is your husband taking immunosuppressive meds, or is he off all meds for his aa? Did he require a bone marrow transplant for his aa? Does he still have a relationship with his hematologist/oncologist? The symptoms you describe might not be related to his aa, but he needs to find out. ...Read more

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Can aplastic anemia be cured?

Can aplastic anemia be cured?

Possible: Aplastic anemia can be treated with immunosuppressive medications with resolution in a significant percentage of patients. Younger patients can be successfully treated with donor bone marrow transplants. ...Read more

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Can neglis aplastic anemia be cured?

What is neglis?: Regarding aplastic anemia, yes there are good treatments for it. Standard of care for a young person with severe aplastic anemia and a matched sibling donor is an hematopoietic stem cell transplant. For those without a suitable donor, immune suppression is standard of care. If you can clarify the word "neglis" for us, we are happy to provide additional info. Cheers. ...Read more

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What are the tests for aplastic anemia?

Many: The most basic is the cbc, which will give you hemoglobin, hematocrit, white cell count, and platelet counts. An additional important test is a reticulocyte count which gives you the production index of red cells. Your doctor can advise you further, based on your symptoms and history. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What medications treat aplastic anemia?

Many: Immune suppression with drugs like steroids, cyclosporine, and anti-thymocyte globulin (horse). Bone marrow transplantation is another important type of treatment for aplastic anemia in young people. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is aplastic anemia?

What sort of problem is aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia is a serious problem of the blood sytem and bone marrow. The problem is that the bone marrow, where new blood cells are normally made, stops producing new cells, so you end up with low red blood cell counts, low white blood cell counts, and low platelet counts. The causes may be nutritional, cancer-related, toxin-related (eg, certain drugs), or genetic. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia can make all of the blood cells low. Low red cells causes anemia. The symptoms of anemia can be fatigue, dizziness, pallor, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Low white cells make the patient susceptible to fever and a variety of infections. Low platelets make one likely to have bruising, bleeding, or petechiae (small purple freckles on the skin). ...Read more