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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have moderate aplastic anemia i really want to have a baby but i'm not sure if its safe or not. What are the risks and what do you think I should do?
Probably safe: You need to discuss with your doctor. Is your aa in remission? Are you requiring transfusions? What about any other health problems? Lots of unknowns. My understanding is that transfusion requirements might go up during pregnancy but most of the time it is safe if you are well compensated when you get pregnant. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Death: Within weeks or a few months.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anemia: Complete lack of blood cell reproduction.Get a more detailed answer ›
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