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5 Facts you should know about

Aplastic anemia

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Aplastic anemia (AA) should be suspected in patients presenting with pancytopenia and hypocellular bone marrow

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Symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, frequent infections, and bleeding

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There is a well-recognized bimodal age distribution with one peak in mid to late childhood and another in the elderly

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In ~10% of patients, a history of non-viral hepatitis can precede the onset of AA.

5

For newly diagnosed severe aplastic anemia, bone marrow transplant should be pursued in all pediatric patients and in younger adult patients when a matched sibling donor is available.

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