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Does folic acid prevent aplastic anemia?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Le Wang
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably not

No evidence to the best of my knowledge.
Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disorder, which can be due to genetic cause, autoimmune, post-viral infection, and sometime prolonged drug use or radiation exposure.

In brief: Probably not

No evidence to the best of my knowledge.
Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow failure disorder, which can be due to genetic cause, autoimmune, post-viral infection, and sometime prolonged drug use or radiation exposure.
Dr. Le Wang
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is no connection and folic acid will not prevent aplastic anemia.
It may prevent a macrocytic anemia if one's own folic acid levels are very low.

In brief: No

There is no connection and folic acid will not prevent aplastic anemia.
It may prevent a macrocytic anemia if one's own folic acid levels are very low.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine

In brief: In 2 cases

If the aplastic anemia (loss of the ability to make new blood cells) is due to 2 drugs: chloramphenicol or methotrexate,.
folic acid may help prevent it. Aplastic anemia due to other causes isn't prevented by taking folic acid. Pregnant women are especially encouraged to take folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects (in brain & spine. For all things folic acid see:http://tinyurl.com/q7ngwx2

In brief: In 2 cases

If the aplastic anemia (loss of the ability to make new blood cells) is due to 2 drugs: chloramphenicol or methotrexate,.
folic acid may help prevent it. Aplastic anemia due to other causes isn't prevented by taking folic acid. Pregnant women are especially encouraged to take folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects (in brain & spine. For all things folic acid see:http://tinyurl.com/q7ngwx2
Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Dr. Le Wang
The mechanism of drug-induced AA remains largely unclear. In addition to antimetabolic effect, direct drug-induced stem cell injury is also involved, To my knowledge, there still lack good level 1 evidence for the role of folic acid prevention even in the drug-induced AA. Thus, it might be prudent not to introduce this concept at this time.

In brief: No

Several causes, but folic acid will not prevent, or treat completely.
May be part of an anemia regimen.

In brief: No

Several causes, but folic acid will not prevent, or treat completely.
May be part of an anemia regimen.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine

In brief: No

There are many causes of aplastic anemia such as toxicity, radiation exposure and autoimmune disorders.
The treatment is dependent upon the cause. A hematologist would be the best doctor to determine the cause of aplastic anemia. Folic acid is used to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.

In brief: No

There are many causes of aplastic anemia such as toxicity, radiation exposure and autoimmune disorders.
The treatment is dependent upon the cause. A hematologist would be the best doctor to determine the cause of aplastic anemia. Folic acid is used to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Aplastic anemia is a greatly reduced or absent amount of stem cells.
This can be inherited, from damage to the bone marrow or without cause at all. Folic acid can help prevent a vitamin deficient anemia.

In brief: No

Aplastic anemia is a greatly reduced or absent amount of stem cells.
This can be inherited, from damage to the bone marrow or without cause at all. Folic acid can help prevent a vitamin deficient anemia.
Dr. Lori Semel
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