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Doctor insights on: Aplastic Anemia Life Expectancy

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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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What medications treat aplastic anemia?

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 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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Do they give chemotherapy for aplastic anemia?

For BMT...: Chemotherapy is given to ablate the bone marrow when you treat aplastic anemia with a bone marrow transplant. Otherwise, immunosuppressive medications are the standard of care for treatment. ...Read more

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What're the signs and symptoms of aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: Usually present with significant fatigue, anemia, shortness of breath on activity, dizziness, multiple episodes of infections which could be life threatening, easy bruising, bleeding from low platelet. Discuss more in detail with your doctor. ...Read more

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How is pancytopenia developed during aplastic anemia?

How is pancytopenia developed during aplastic anemia?

Production stops: The body continuously recycles & replaces different cells in the blood. Red cells last ~100days, platelets several hours, other cells vary. The healthy system acheives a steady state of producing cells as fast as they break down. If an event such as a toxic exposure (chloramphenacol) or tumor invasion shuts down the "factory", no new material will be made & you get low on everything. ...Read more

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

Aplastic anemia is a failure of the bone marrow to produce blood cells for the body, including white blood cells. ...Read more