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Aplastic anemia is a rare condition in which the bone marrow is unable to produce blood cells normally. The production of just some blood cells (such as red blood cells only) may be affected, or the production of all types of blood cells may be decreased.
Symptoms of aplastic anemia include:
Causes of aplastic anemia can include:
Aplastic anemia sometimes develops for no known reason.
In some cases, a person may need blood transfusions until his or her bone marrow is able to produce blood cells. In other cases, a person may need a bone marrow transplant. If the cause is an autoimmune disease, medicines to reduce the damage to the bone marrow may be used.
Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger MD - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine & Brian Leber MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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