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Aplastic Anemia - FAQs

Last Updated on Feb 01, 2016
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FAQs

1) Who treats Aplastic Anemia (AA)?

A hematologist is the specialist doctor who treats AA.

2) What is the difference between Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)?

In AA the person fails to produce adequate number of bone marrow and blood cells but the few that are present will be normal.

In MDS patients, the BM cells produced tend to be abnormal ones.
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3) What is the nature of the progress of Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia can either progress slowly, or the onset may be very sudden. The disease may be brief or chronic depending upon the causes. It can be fatal in the absence of treatment.

4) What are the diseases that Aplastic Anemia is associated with?
  • Fanconiís anemia
  • Familial aplastic anemia
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Dyskeratosis congenita
  • Cartilage-hair hypoplasia
  • Pearson syndrome
  • Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
  • Shwachman-Diamond syndrome
  • Dubowitz syndrome
  • Diamond-Blackfan syndrome

5) Are there any lifestyle changes recommended for Aplastic Anemia patients?
  • Avoid strenuous exercise as that may cause shortness of breath.
  • Avoid contact sports as the patients tend to be infection-prone.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid getting in contact with sick people.
  • Avoid Herbal treatments without consulting your doctor.

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anupam123

my brother has got aplastic anemia with mild bone marrow hypoplasty...which is the best hospital in india/delhi for this

Deepak_93

Is there any sure treatment? My brother suffering with AA from 5 month. Not any treatment work. Even blood transfusion not effective.... Plzzzzzzzzzzz help!!!!!!!!!

123is

hi,,,aap pune k rubi hospital me jaao,, mere dad ka ilaj wahi chal raha hai,,,, mere dad ab thik hai,,,

dukemd69

How is the severity of AA classified: ie. the difference between mild and severe forms? Can a mild form evolve into a severe one? Should women[20s] consider treatments which inhibit their menstrual cycles, in order to reduce blood loss? Are there any "alternative" therapies which are effective; short of BMT or an immunosuppressive regimen?

Spudserella

The difference between mild and sever are the levels at which the blood counts stand. These are the level boundaries to be diagnosed with AA; Haemoglobin <10 g/dL Platelet count < 50 x 109/L Neutrophil count <1.5 x 109/L These are those for severe; Neutrophils <0.5 x 109/L Platelets <20 x 109/L Reticulocytes <20 x 109/L And Very Severe; neutrophils <0.2 x 109/L Women of menstruating age are advised to use drug treatment to either stop of reduce bleeding when platelets stand at less than around 30 but of course every case is individual. There are some cases that have been treated with an immunosupresive drug instead of the chemotherapy option of ALG/ATG along with transfusions but this is generally a treatment for the effects of the illness compared to trying to "cure" it which is the aim of a BMT and ATg/ALG. Hope this helps x

drdoaa

its very help full but i need full text

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