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Other Names for this Disease
- Anemia aplastic
- Aplastic anemia idiopathic
- Idiopathic aplastic anemia
- Secondary aplastic anemia
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Aplastic anemia is failure of the bone marrow to make enough blood cells. All blood cell types are affected. It can be caused by injury to blood stem cells due to exposure to certain drugs, chemotherapy, congenital disorders, drug therapy to suppress the immune system, pregnancy, radiation therapy, or toxins such as benzene or arsenic. When the cause is unknown, it is referred to as idiopathic aplastic anemia. In about half of all cases, no cause can be found. The condition can be acute or chronic.
- Secondary aplastic anemia. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000529.htm. Accessed August 21, 2009.
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- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Aplastic anemia. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.