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Best Aplastic Anemia Treatment
Fluids, pain meds: Acutely, give IV fluids and pain medication. Long term patient may need hydroxyurea, bone marrow transplant. Watch high altitudes. This is why the one of the pittsburgh steelers cannot play in denver any longer because of the low o2 tension at such a high altitude. Exchange transfusion is another method of treatment. ...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
Vitamin B12: True pernicious anemia is due to a lack of absorption of vitamin b 12 from your gastrointestinal tract.The treatment would be vitamin B12 injections given by your doctor.Sometimes large doses of oral vitamin b12, 1 to 2 mg daily can also help replenish your levels of vitamin b12.Your doctor can help decide which approach is best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic: Treatment focus is on maintaining hemoglobin levels, preventing "sickle crises", and preventing complications. Depending on blood levels and frequency of sickle crises an outpatient program of blood transfusions will be set up by the hematologist. Preventing complications such as strokes, pneumonias, etc. Is a goal. Hydrea (hydroxyurea) use can help in reducing crises. Some pts can get bone marrow transplants. ...Read more
Can any doc tell me what's the best treatment for aplastic anemia without bone marrow transplant?
Aplastic anemia: 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
No single treatment: Comprehensive sickle cell care at any age increases life expectancy of patients with sickle cell anemia. Children form birth to 5 years of age should receive penicillin prophylaxis. Children should receive immunizations on time. Newer data suggest that most sickle cell patients, including young children, benefit from hydroxyurea. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is potentially curative. ...Read more
Hospitalization: Acute chest syndrome(acs) in sickle cell disease is a very serious complication and can be fatal. Generally, acs will require hospitalization of the patient and a long period of observation with supportive care. The best treatments are prompt diagnosis and recognition, IV hydration, broad spectrum antiobitics, oxygen, if necessary an exchange or simple transfusion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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