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Pancytopenia Chemotherapy 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
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
Death: Within weeks or a few months.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anemia: Complete lack of blood cell reproduction.Get a more detailed 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
What is neglis?: Regarding aplastic anemia, yes there are good treatments for it. Standard of care for a young person with severe aplastic anemia and a matched sibling donor is an hematopoietic stem cell transplant. For those without a suitable donor, immune suppression is standard of care. If you can clarify the word "neglis" for us, we are happy to provide additional info. Cheers. ...Read more
Many: The most basic is the cbc, which will give you hemoglobin, hematocrit, white cell count, and platelet counts. An additional important test is a reticulocyte count which gives you the production index of red cells. Your doctor can advise you further, based on your symptoms and history. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia is a serious problem of the blood sytem and bone marrow. The problem is that the bone marrow, where new blood cells are normally made, stops producing new cells, so you end up with low red blood cell counts, low white blood cell counts, and low platelet counts. The causes may be nutritional, cancer-related, toxin-related (eg, certain drugs), or genetic. See a hematologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia can make all of the blood cells low. Low red cells causes anemia. The symptoms of anemia can be fatigue, dizziness, pallor, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Low white cells make the patient susceptible to fever and a variety of infections. Low platelets make one likely to have bruising, bleeding, or petechiae (small purple freckles on the skin). ...Read more
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