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Acquired Aplastic Anemia

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Synonyms

  • idiopathic aplastic anemia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Summary

Acquired aplastic anemia is a rare disorder caused by profound, almost complete bone marrow failure. Bone marrow is the spongy substance found in the center of the bones of the body, in adults mainly the spine, pelvis, and large bones of the legs. The bone marrow produces specialized cells (hematopoietic stem cells) that grow and eventually develop into red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets. In acquired aplastic anemia, an almost complete absence of hematopoietic stem cells eventually results in low levels of red and white blood cells and platelets (pancytopenia). Specific symptoms associated with acquired aplastic anemia may vary, but include fatigue, chronic infections, dizziness, weakness, headaches, and episodes of bleeding, usually in the skin and mucous membranes. Although some cases of acquired aplastic anemia occurs secondary to other disorders, researchers now believe that most cases result from a disorder of the patient's immune system, which mistakenly targets the bone marrow (autoimmunity). This is based on the response of the majority of patients to immunotherapy, whether it is ATG and cyclosporine, high-dose corticosteroids or cyclophosphamide.



Introduction

Aplastic anemia is classified as severe according to blood counts. Most of the discussion that follows relates to severe aplastic anemia. Patients with more moderately decreased blood counts; may not require treatment. Furthermore, some aplastic anemia that is genetically inherited may, first manifest in adulthood, without a family history of blood disease.

Resources

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc.

100 Park Avenue, Suite 108

Rockville, MD 20850

USA

Tel: (301)279-7202

Fax: (301)279-7205

Tel: (800)747-2820

Email: help@aamds.org

Internet: http://www.aamds.org



NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

P.O. Box 30105

Bethesda, MD 20892-0105

Tel: (301)592-8573

Fax: (301)251-1223

Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/



Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada

11181 Yonge Street Suite 321

Richmond Hill

Ontario, L4S 1L2

Canada

Tel: 9057800698

Fax: 9057801648

Tel: 8888400039

Email: info@aamac.ca

Internet: http://www.aamac.ca



NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute ~ Hematology Branch

10 Center Dr, Building 10-CRC

3-5140, MSC-1202

Bethesda, MD 20892-1202

Tel: (301)496-5093

Fax: (301)496-8396

Tel: (800)644-2337

Email: YoungNS@mail.nih.gov

Internet: http://dir.nhlbi.nih.gov/labs/hb/index.asp?



Dubowitz Syndrome Support

c/o 106 Verndale Street

Warwick, RI 02889-3242

USA

Tel: (401)737-3138

Email: dubowitzsyndrome@netzero.net

Internet: http://www.dubowitzsyndrome.net



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Madisons Foundation

PO Box 241956

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tel: (310)264-0826

Fax: (310)264-4766

Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org

Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org



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Last Updated:  7/19/2012

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