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What Do You Know About Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia is a rare blood disorder that affects the growth of blood cells. "Aplastic" means "lack of growth." Learn more about this serious disease by taking the following quiz.

1. Blood cells--red, white and platelets--are made in the bone marrow.
2. In a person with aplastic anemia, the body stops or slows down the making of all blood cells.
3. Having too few red blood cells causes a person to feel tired.
4. Having too few white blood cells makes a person more likely to get sick.
5. Having too few platelets raises the risk for blood clots.
6. Aplastic anemia is diagnosed more commonly in teens, young adults, and older adults.
7. Two types of aplastic anemia have been found: hereditary and acquired.
8. The treatment for aplastic anemia is similar to that for cancer.
Publication Source: Aplastic anemia: Pathogenesis; clinical manifestations; and diagnosis. UpToDate.
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Source: What is aplastic anemia? National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/aplastic <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Gersten, Todd, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/23/2016