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Acquired Aplastic Anemia Treatment

A person with an extremely low blood count from aplastic anemia may require treatment in a hospital, while mild anemia does not require hospitalization. Acquired aplastic anemia is treated with blood transfusions, in order to restore the number of blood cells in the bloodstream. The illness may resolve if the substance or drug that triggered the anemia is stopped.

A bone marrow transplant replaces the diseased bone marrow with bone marrow from a donor. Before a bone marrow transplant, the person is treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy, which destroys the diseased bone marrow. Healthy bone marrow from a donor is injected into the bloodstream, and the cells travel to the bone marrow, where they start to make new blood cells. The bone marrow from the donor must be matched to the person receiving the transplant.

In those for whom a donor cannot be found, medications may be used to stimulate the bone marrow. If aplastic anemia is caused by an abnormal immune system, a person may require drugs that suppress the immune system.

Treatment for acquired aplastic anemia may include:

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Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat acquired aplastic anemia:

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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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