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