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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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Pancytopenia (Definition)

This is a decrease in all the cell lines of your blood. Meaning the white count, hemoglobin and platelets. If someone is anemic, the hemoglobin is low. If someone us thrombocytopenic, the platelet count is low. If someone is pancytopenic, all cell lines are ...Read more


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What is refractory anemia with excess of blasts?

What is refractory anemia with excess of blasts?

A type of MDS: Refractory anemia with excess blasts is a type of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The bone marrow will have between 5-19% blasts per high powered microscope field. This illness is a "preleukemia" or an evolving leukemia. Progression to leukemia can happen in 12 months, and many patients will require transfusions for low blood counts. Treatments can prevent progression to leukemia. ...Read more

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What is drug is given for stage 2 medistanial b cell lymphoma, is hair loss unavoidable?

What is drug is given for stage 2 medistanial b cell lymphoma, is hair loss unavoidable?

Depends on subtype: Drug combinations are usually given for b-cell lymphomas in the mediastinum. The particular subtype of lymphoma determines the drug selection. Aggressive lymphomas require chemo drugs that almost always cause hair loss. However, some "low grade" lymphomas appear in the chest and can be treated with drugs that do not require alopecia. However, hair loss is reversible, so make sure rx is curative! ...Read more

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What are the causes of hematological malignancies? What is the leading cause for hematological malignancies, such as leukemia or lymphoma?

What are the causes of hematological malignancies? What is the leading cause for hematological malignancies, such as leukemia or lymphoma?

Hard to say...: Many times we don't know what causes leukemia or lymphoma, irrespective of type. The process is probably multifactorial and has a strong genetic component. In a small subset of cases exposure to various toxins like paint fumes, or to radiation, can also cause it, but this represents only a small percentage of patients. There is also an association with certain viruses (ebv, htlv). ...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 possible the presence of few atypical lymphocytes in pbs is related to microcytic anemia?

Is it possible the presence of  few atypical lymphocytes in pbs is related to microcytic anemia?

Not likely: Atypical lymphocytes may have to do with a viral infection, seen on peripheral blood smear (pbs). Microcytic anemia is a type of anemia where the size of the red blood cells are smaller th an normal; causes would include iron deficiency, thalassemia, lead poisoning, or some form of hemolytic anemia. Are you a med student? ...Read more

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Is pancytopenia same as neutropenia?

Is pancytopenia same as neutropenia?

Related terms: Neutropenia refers to low numbers of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils. Pancytopenia refers to low numbers of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Pancytopenic patients are therefore usually neutropenic but the reverse is not always true. ...Read more

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Which is the connection between hypoxia or sickle cell anemia and pica for foam?

Which is the connection between hypoxia or sickle cell anemia and pica for foam?

No direct connection: I don't believe there is any direct connection between hypoxia or sickle cell disease and pica. Individuals with iron deficiency anemia tends to crave for ice, but also on occasions tend to eat inedible material, such as tissues. I have seen sickle cell patients eating a lot of toilet papers, or tissues. I believe that some form of anemia may cause pica, but not limited to sickle cell. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

You may be confused.: Fetuses do not suffer from sickle cell anemia in utero because they have a different type of hemoglobin (fetal) that is unaffected even in individuals destined to have sickle cell disease later in life. Affected fetuses come from affected or carrier parents and sickle cell disease is a genetic condition without cure at present. See a genetic counselor to discuss these issues in detail. ...Read more

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Does the WBC count increase in aplastic anemia or fanconi anemia? Does the bone marrow produce enough to cause increase by 1000/ ml of blood?

Does the WBC count increase in aplastic anemia or fanconi anemia? Does the bone marrow produce enough to cause increase by 1000/ ml of blood?

Lower WBC count: Aplastic anemia and to some extent fanconi anemia are associated with low WBC counts as well as low counts of red cells and platelets. Neither is expected to cause a rise in WBC counts. ...Read more

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Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Is leukopenia the symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia?

Sometimes: Leukopenia (low white blood cell count) can be a symptom of bone marrow cancers like leukemia or myelodysplasia. There are many other less serious reasons to have low white blood cells too. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Not likely at all: That probably is not the reason for your anemia. You need further tests. ...Read more

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The patient has an abnormally low neutrophil count. What is neutropenia most commonly caused by?

The patient has an abnormally low neutrophil count. What is neutropenia most commonly caused by?

Long list: Bone marrow failure, overwhelming sepsis, leukemia, autoimmune disease, viral infections, side effect of drugs, especially chemotherapy are among the common causes. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/neutropenia/my00110. ...Read more

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What is most commonly affected with sickle cell anemia?

What is most commonly affected with sickle cell anemia?

Several symptoms: Sickle cell anemia leads to pain in the bones. It can also lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, strokes. ...Read more

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Is angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma still treatable if in the marrow, anemia, low platelets, swelling?

Is angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma still treatable if in the marrow, anemia, low platelets, swelling?

T cell lymphoma: It is treatable but need careful supervision under the oncologist as chemo can be detrimental with low blood counts but sometimes that is the only way marrow can be cleared of lymphoma so lot of thinking needs to be done in selecting appropriate chemo for such patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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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