Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic anemia is when the body fails to produce enough new blood cells. This usually occurs when when the bone marrow fails and cannot function properly.


  • Medication can cause aplastic anemia.
  • Autoimmune diseases can seep into bone marrow and cause aplastic anemia
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Viral infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Unknown factors


  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath without exertion
  • heart palpitations
  • irregular heartbeat
  • pale skin
  • prolonged and frequent infections
  • unexplained and easy bruising
  • skin rash
  • dizziness
  • Headache


  • Blood Test
  • Bone marrow biopsy


  • Blood transfusion for red blood cells or platelets
  • Stem cell transplant
  • immunosuppressants
  • bone marrow supplements
  • For those with Aplastic Anemia caused by radiation or chemotherapy, conditions normally will improve once treatment stops


  • If left untreated, Aplastic Anemia causes a fast death
  • can evolve into cancer such as leukemia

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