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Severe Aplastic Anemia 

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What is Severe Aplastic Anemia (SAA)?

Aplastic anemia is a rare condition in which the body stops producing enough of all 3 types of blood cells—red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Aplastic anemia is considered severe when results of your blood and bone marrow tests are below a specific level.


SAA is a serious condition but it can be treated successfully with prompt and proper care.

Blood-based treatments

Blood transfusions can help keep blood cell counts at acceptable levels and relieve your symptoms, but they are not a permanent treatment.

A blood and bone marrow stem cell transplant is a procedure in which damaged stems cells are replaced with healthy ones.



There are medicines for aplastic anemia that your doctor may prescribe to you. These medicines may help to:

  • Stimulate your bone marrow to make more blood cells
  • Suppress your immune system
  • Prevent and treat infections
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