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My nine year old bichon has addison disease and I was just told he has aplastic anemia how serious is this for him? Is this life threatening disease.

My nine year old bichon has addison disease and I was just told he has aplastic anemia how serious is this for him? Is this life threatening disease.

Bichon = dog?: Aplastic anemia is a very serious condition, either for a human or a dog. It can be life-threatening. In both humans and dogs, immunosuppressive therapy is a mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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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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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Is it safe for a person with aplastic anemia to exercise?

Please ask your doct: Exercise is crucial for everyone. The amount of exercise and the type of exercise will be dependent on your blood count and your general physical condition. Your doctor may recommend just walking or gentle bike riding. The treatments for aplastic anemia may govern the types of exercise, as well. ...Read more

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What happen if my aplastic anemia getting worst? Because I keep fainting several times and sometimes I can't even stand for too long.

This is serious: You will need to discuss management of your disease with your physcian. Especially if you have been told you have "aplastic anemia" at age 23 and are not fully educated about your disease and under the care of a specialist hematologist, you need to do some investigating on your own. Best wishes. ...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?

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 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

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What can you tell me about aplastic anemia?

Aplastic Anemia =: Body isn't making enough blood cells. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/aplastic-anemia/basics/definition/con-20019296 ...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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What is the medecine of severe aplastic anemia?

What is the medecine of severe aplastic anemia?

Immune therapy: Most of the medicines we use for aplastic anemia are immune modulatory in nature. We use steroids, antithyroglobulin (atg), cyclosporine, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...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 things predispose someone to aplastic anemia?

Aplastic Anemia: Stem cell failure can be congenital (eg, fanconi anemia) or, much more often, acquired. The major causes of acquired aplastic anemia are exposure to a wide variety of drugs and chemicals, ionizing radiation, and some viruses. Aplastic anemia has also occurred in patients with other immune disorders and occasionally in pregnancy, (frequently self-limited, ending with delivery). ...Read more

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How long can someone who has aplastic anemia live?

Huge variation: Starting with the severity of the aplasia. Mild and some moderates may be treated with supportive care. Sever treated with atg and steroids, or donor stem cell transplantation. Transplant is curative, but also has risk. Best case survival can be that of a healthy person. ...Read more

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When a woman has aplastic anemia, what does it mean?

Bone marrow failure: Aplastic anemia means the bone marrow is not make the cellular components of blood. White blood cells which fight infection, red blood cells which carry oxygen, and platelets which help stop bleeding. It requires therapy such as immune suppressing medications or a bone marrow transplant. It is a very serious disorder that needs to be evaluated by a specialist immediately. ...Read more

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My friend has aplastic anemia, how long does he have to live?

It depends: In aplastic anemia, people make little or no blood cells. The risk to life depends on how severe the low blood counts are. Mild aa might do well without treatment, but severe aa is immediately life threatening. There are very effective therapies available using immunosuppression or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Can there be any new development in research for aplastic anemia?

New strategies: For immunosuppressive treatments are evolving. No brand new basic science discoveries. ...Read more

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Can a person live after being diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia?

Yes: With treatment using supportive care (transfusions), medical therapy (immune suppressants), and stem cell transplantation, patients are able to live after a diagnosis of severe aplastic anemia. More information is available here:
http://marrow. Org/patient/disease_and_treatment/about_your_disease/aplastic_anemia/aplastic_anemia_ (severe).Aspx. ...Read more

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

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