Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic Anemia: Overview

Aplastic anemia is a rare disease consisting of pancytopenia which affects primarily young men and older persons of both genders.

Incidence; Causes and Development

Between 2 and 6 people per million worldwide develop this disorder annually, with an obvious prevalence in the Orient as compared to either Europe or the United States.

A variety of associations have been made in the attempt to find a specific cause, but no one cause has yet been identified.

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment must be instituted promptly after diagnosis to avoid fatality.

Complications

Patients treated successfully for aplastic anemia then have a higher risk of developing other diseases later in life, including cancer.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Aplastic Anemia:

Lab Values - Cells

Counter-indicators

Conditions that suggest Aplastic Anemia:

Lab Values

Neutropenia may suggest Aplastic Anemia Neutropenia

Aplastic anemia reduces the bone marrow's ability to produce white blood cells.

Aplastic Anemia suggests the following may be present:

Circulation

Aplastic Anemia can lead to:

Lab Values

Recommendations for Aplastic Anemia:

Lab Tests/Rule-Outs

KEY

Weak or unproven link: may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Weak or unproven link:
may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Definite or direct link: suggests; usually leads to
Definite or direct link:
suggests; usually leads to
Weakly counter-indicative: may contraindicate
Weakly counter-indicative:
may contraindicate
Very useful: is highly recommended for
Very useful:
is highly recommended for