An uncommon disorder characterized by the failure of the bone marrow to produce blood cells. It may occur as an inherited condition (see Fanconi's anemia) or, more often, the disease develops later in life. This form is called acquired aplastic anemia. It leads to a severe shortage of all types of blood cell causing tiredness, susceptibility to infection, and potentially serious problems with bleeding as a result of a deficiency in blood platelets. The acquired disease is usually the result of an autoimmune attack of lymphocytes against blood cell progenitors preventing normal blood cell formation.

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Aplastic Anemia Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms of aplastic anemia are caused by a shortage of one or more types of blood cells. Signs and symptoms may include: Fatigue Shortness of breath with exertion Rapid heart rate Pale skin...
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Causes
... Within the cavity of many of your bones, such as your pelvic bones, is a red, spongy material called bone marrow. Bone marrow has a critical function. It contains special cells called stem cells, whic...
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Aplastic Anemia Prevention

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Prevention
... Most cases of aplastic anemia can''t be prevented. However, avoiding exposure to insecticides, herbicides, organic solvents, paint removers and other toxic chemicals may lower your risk of the disease...
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Prevention
... Most cases of aplastic anemia can''t be prevented. However, avoiding exposure to insecticides, herbicides, organic solvents, paint removers and other toxic chemicals may lower your risk of the disease...
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Aplastic Anemia Treatment

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Complementary and alternative medicine
... Herbal treatments and vitamins aren''t effective treatments for aplastic anemia and may actually worsen the condition. Talk to your doctor before trying any such therapy.
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Treatment
... Aplastic anemia can be mild, moderate or severe. Severe aplastic anemia, in which your blood cell counts are extremely low, is life-threatening and requires immediate hospitalization for treatment. Mi...
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Aplastic Anemia Support

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Coping skills
... As with any serious and chronic disease, you may experience many emotional side effects living with aplastic anemia. Tips to help you and your family better cope with your illness include: Research yo...
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Aplastic Anemia Other

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Overview
... Coursing through your bloodstream is a variety of blood cells — red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. All are important to your health. Red blood cells carry oxygen, white blood cell...
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