Aplastic Anemia 101

It is estimated that there are 2 to 12 new cases of Aplastic Anemia per million population per year. It occurs in both adults and children.  Aplastic Anemia is a condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. The disorder leaves you feeling fatigued and with a higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. A rare and serious condition, Aplastic Anemia can develop at any age. Aplastic Anemia may occur suddenly, or it can occur slowly and worsen over a long period of time.

According to the Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada, although genetics may predispose one to develop inherited Aplastic Anemia, the medical community does not know the cause of most cases of acquired Aplastic Anemia. Certain toxic chemicals, medications, viral infections and radiation exposure appear to cause Aplastic Anemia, but millions of people with exposure to the same factors do not develop either disease.

Treatment for Aplastic Anemia may include medications, blood transfusions and/or bone marrow (stem cell) transplants. Aary’s best chance of beating Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow transplant within the next few months.

A bone marrow/stem cell transplant is a medical procedure.  With the advances in modern medicine, the transplant process causes little disruption in the donor's life. Visit OneMatch (Canada) or Be the Match (US) to learn more about the transplant process. 

For more information on Aplastic Anemia, we recommend the following resources:

Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada

Be The Match