What is Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia is a rare and serious disease where the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues (red blood cells), fight infection (white blood cells), and stop bleeding (platelets). It is divided into three categories: moderate, severe, and very severe.

In other words...the body isn’t fighting off infections, making the body sicker.

Some Causes
  • Genetics

  • Infections

  • Bone marrow-affecting cancer

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Other causes

Common Symptoms
  • Pale skin

  • Easy bruising

  • Bleeding that won't stop

  • Infections and an associated fever

  • Skin rashes and mouth sores

Pediatric Aplastic Anemia is Different

Pediatric aplastic anemia is even more rare and there isn’t a lot of information about it. It is one of the most challenging parts of navigating this process with my child...there is not enough data.

What You Can Expect the Journey to be Like

While no one journey is the same, there is a general process for how you might encounter aplastic anemia. These stages happen very quickly and can be overwhelming. Here is what you can expect to happen at every step, with some resources that might be of help.

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Signs & Symptoms

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Treatments

Diagnosis

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Possible Outcomes