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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.

Immunosuppresants

Medicines

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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