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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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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

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Help! need to know if there's any treatment for aplastic anemia in ayurveda?

Help! need to know if there's any treatment for aplastic anemia in ayurveda?

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

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What is a good treatment for aplastic anemia without bone marrow transplant?

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

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Can aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

In some cases: Yes, in some cases aplastic anemia can be treated very effectively with immunosuppressive therapy- drugs used include prednisone, Cyclosporine or atg (anti-thymocyte globulin). ...Read more

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Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

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

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Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Depends: Sometimes yes. Prognosis will depend on the age as well as the severity of the disease. The younger the age is the higher the respond of therapy . Bone marrow transplant can cure aplastic anemia in about 60-70%. Discuss further with your oncologist/hematologist. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Can Lamotrigine cause aplastic anemia?

Can Lamotrigine cause aplastic anemia?

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

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Can aplastic anemia cause infertility?

Yes: Any severe illness can have a negative impact on fertility. In this specific case the therapies can also haver an impact on long term reproductive issues. ...Read more

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Should someone with aplastic anemia take multivitamins?

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

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Is pancytopenia resulting from chemotherapy is same as aplastic anemia?

Is pancytopenia resulting from chemotherapy is same as aplastic anemia?

No: Aplastic anemia means something is wrong with your bone marrow and it cannot make red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. It can be caused by toxins, infections, or autoimmune problems. Often the cause is never found. Pancytopenia from chemotherapy means a decrease in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets caused by the toxic effect of chemo. This improves with time. ...Read more

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

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