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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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How does aplastic anemia and bone marrow transplant relate?

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How does aplastic anemia and bone marrow transplant relate?

Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia is a condition where for some unclear reason the bone marrow fails to produce normal blood cells. It could be due to underlying genetic mutation plus environmental -i.e. Drugs, chemical agent, infection, etc. Immunosupressant agent has been used to treat aplastic anemia with some response. Allogeneic bone marrow transplant will be the treatment of choice to cure the disease. ...Read more

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Does aplastic anemia usually cause many symptoms?

Does aplastic anemia usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Aplastic anemia is a failure of your bone marrow red cell production. The blood count drops, you lose energy, have trouble doing anything and if neglected the level could go so low that you cannot function and might even die. Bone marrow transplantation offers a very successful remedy. You should consult with your hematologist about this. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aplastic anemia?

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

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What are the signs you get with aplastic anemia?

BM failure: Aplastic anemia is caused by bone marrow failure to produce all blood cells ( affecting white cell, red blood cells as well as platelet). It can be presented with pallor, fatigue/tired, lack of energy, shortness of breath on exertion, episodes of infections, bleeding episodes, increased abdominal girth due to enlargement of spleen, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for aplastic anemia?

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 can you do when you have aplastic anemia?

Quite a lot: Confirmed aplastic anemia is a serious condition. For severe cases treatment includes immunesuppressive drugs such as steroids, cylosporine and in younger patients (< 55 yrs old) includes donor bone marrow transplantation. In many patients long term improvements in blood counts can be obtained. ...Read more

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Can Lamotrigine cause aplastic anemia?

Can Lamotrigine cause aplastic anemia?

Unfortunately, yes: Unfortunately, the very good drug for epilepsy and to some extent mood disorders, Lamotrigine can cause aplastic anemia in a very rare number of individuals. AA is present worldwide at a rate of about 4 cases per 1 million (word wide). 3.2 cases per million would be ACQUIRED such as from exposure to medication or other reasons. Usually found in younger individuals on the drug. ...Read more

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Anemia, Aplastic (Definition)

Complete lack of blood cell reproduction. ...Read more