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Aplastic Anemia Natural Treatment
Adjunct only: The aplastic anemia family of diseases are extremely serious, and their treatment involves some of the highest technology in medicine. During a difficult illness like this, a traditional healer may offer comfort, practical guidance and perhaps an folk remedy, but nothing that will alter the course of this deadly illness like today's high-tech medicine will do. Be strong, and good luck. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Some immune suppressants can be used if the cause is an autoimmune disorder, removal from exposure to chemicals might suffice, of course blood and platelets transfusions help momentarily, but the final decision rests on many factors and the judgement of the treating team including the patient's preference after education on all risks, benefits and alternatives, good luck ...Read more
For severe aplastic anemia the main therapies are bone marrow/stem cell transplants or immunosuppressive medications along with transfusion support as needed.
Typically medications such as cyclosporine and anti-thymocyte globulin are used to treat this disorder.
Stem cell transplants are also used and can cure the aplastic anemia.
The choice of therapy is based on many factors. ...Read more
Yes: Prognosis of aplastic anemia depends on age (younger is better) and the severity of the blood count abnormalities. While younger patients may be referred for stem cell transplant, older patients, perhaps those over 40, are given immunosuppressive therapy. Response rates are over 60% and durable remissions occur quite frequently. ...Read more
Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of aplastic anemia?
You can ask: Ask and you shall receive - except for aplastic anemia. This is a failure of your bone marrow to make red cells. It can be due to toxic insults (like benzene) but is commonly spontaneous. A few respond to high dose steroids but most require a bone marrow transplantation (not found in indian culture). This is your only hope ben obi wan kenobi. ...Read more
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
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
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
Multivitamins: My answer is 'yes, ' but I also believe that every adult should take a multivitamin a day, and older adults should add calcium (1000 mg/d) and vitamin d (at least 800 iu/d). For aplastic anemia, make sure you get enough folate (ie. A prenatal vitamin or a separate supplement) and vitamin b12. Some of the drugs used to treat aplastic anemia may interfere with some vitamins, so you may need more. ...Read more
Yes, and depends: Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disorder. Severe aplastic anemia presents significant emotional amd medical strssors that impact sexual function. Due to the failure of bone marrow blood producing function, patients with aplastic anemia usually have profound anemia, chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, easy infecton, bleeding etc, all of which would also affact sexuality. ...Read more
Aplastic anemia: I am sorry to hear that. Aplastic anemia (aa) is a condition that happens due to a bone marrow failure- that results in significant decrease level of red blood cell, white blood cells and platelets. Factors that have been related to aa include- autoimmune process, chemical/drug exposure. Treatment will include supportive care/blood product etc, immunosupressive agent and bone marrow transplant ...Read more
You can ask a bone marrow transplant specialist where the transplant will take place.
For a general question about marrow and stem cell transplant you can ask a bmt specialist (including me) on healthtap. ...Read more
See below: I have not come across any ayurvedic literature anywhere in this country. I am unable to answer this question in any detail. ...Read more
An extended: Period of time. Most patients reach a new baseline which is probably not normal. Therapy is tapered slowly. We never start before 1 year or longer if response is continuing to improve. ...Read more
What is the success ratio while dealing with severe aplastic anemia patients with immunosuppressive drugs.?
Not high: Hope is there with bone marrow transplant, the brakes are immuno suprssive agents, need more information. ...Read more
24 year old woman with Pseudotumour cerebri, how worried should I be about taking prescribed acetazmolide causing aplastic anemia?
Acetazolamide: Aplastic anemia associated with acetazolamide is rare. One report from Sweden reported this side effect in 11 patients over 17 years, however the average age of the patents was 71 years. This is the only medical therapy available for pseudo tumor cerebri. An alternative is to have CSF drainage periodically to lower the CSF pressure to within normal limits, which often helps with the symptoms. ...Read more
My neighbors say my new doctor tends to overdiagnose everyone. He thinks I might have aplastic anemia. Can you tell me the symptoms?
Low blood counts: Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disease. It leads to low white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Symptoms can include fatigue, increased risk of infection, bleeding, easy bruising, shortness of breath. It is a life-threatening illness that needs to be treated quickly. ...Read more
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
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
Death: Within weeks or a few months.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anemia: Complete lack of blood cell reproduction.Get a more detailed answer ›