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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...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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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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When a woman has aplastic anemia, what does it mean?

Aplastic anemia: Is a blood disorder in which the body's bone marrow doesn't make enough new blood cells. This includes red blood cells, platelets, and precursors of the various white blood cells. If your bone marrow can't make enough new blood cells, many health problems can occur. These problems include irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias, an enlarged heart, heart failure, infections, and bleeding. ...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?

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 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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If you have aplastic anemia, what course of action is usually recommended?

Depends.: Depends on the severity and age. Withdraw any drug that might be a cause. Mild aplastic anemia might be treated with growth factors (procrit, neupogen). More severe disease is usually treated with stem cell transplant in younger patients and immunosuppressive drugs (atg and cyclosporine) in older patietns. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Aplastic Anemia (Definition)

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