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How does aplastic anemia affect you?

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Red blood cells are made from stem cells in your bone marrow. When you have aplastic anemia, stem cells in your bone marrow are damaged and can’t make enough new red blood cells.

You’re either born with aplastic anemia, meaning you inherited a gene from your parents that caused it, or you acquire it. Acquired aplastic anemia is the more common of the two, and sometimes it’s only temporary.

From: Rare Types of Anemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/15/2018

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American Cancer Society: "What are Myelodysplastic Syndromes?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes -- MDS -- Symptoms and Signs." "Myelodysplastic Syndromes -- MDS -- Treatment Options."

American Society of Hematology: "Anemia."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital: "Fanconi Anemia."

Dana-Farber Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: "Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia Overview."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Sideroblastic anemia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Aplastic Anemia Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia?" "What Causes Aplastic Anemia?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Anemia, Blackfan Diamond." "Anemia, Hemolytic, Acquired Autoimmune." "Anemia, Megaloblastic." "Anemias, Sideroblastic." "Fanconi Anemia."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Diamond Blackfan Anemia Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What are Myelodysplastic Syndromes?"

American Society for Clinical Oncology: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes -- MDS -- Symptoms and Signs." "Myelodysplastic Syndromes -- MDS -- Treatment Options."

American Society of Hematology: "Anemia."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital: "Fanconi Anemia."

Dana-Farber Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: "Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia Overview."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelodysplastic Syndromes."

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Sideroblastic anemia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Aplastic Anemia Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia?" "What Causes Aplastic Anemia?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Anemia, Blackfan Diamond." "Anemia, Hemolytic, Acquired Autoimmune." "Anemia, Megaloblastic." "Anemias, Sideroblastic." "Fanconi Anemia."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Diamond Blackfan Anemia Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 15, 2018

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