July 19th 2010
Anemia is a blood disease where the body does not produce enough red blood cells. Each red blood cell carries hemoglobin (oxygen) to all tissues of the body and also removes carbon dioxide waste by carrying it to the lungs to be exhaled. When a person has Anemia they have less amount of hemoglobin or oxygen in their blood. Anemia is one of the most common blood disorder and can cause many problems with the body. There are many different forms of anemia such as aplastic anemia, folic acid deficiency anemia, iron deficiency anemia and pernicious anemia. In aplastic anemia the body’s bone marrow (a spongy tissue that is inside the bones) does not produce new or enough red blood cells, white cells or platelets. Aplitic anemia is a rare disorder that can be acquired or inherited. Diagnosing aplastic anemia your doctor will set up two bone marrow test bone marrow aspiration test and a bone marrow biopsy to check if the body is making enough red blood cells. In the bone marrow aspiration test the doctor will remove small amounts of bone marrow with a needle to examine the blood to see if the body is making enough blood cells. In the bone marrow biopsy the doctor will remove small amounts of bone marrow tissue with a needle to check the numbers of blood cells in the marrow. In most cases the cause of aplastic anemia is unknown. In the United States about 500 to 1,000 people develop Aplitic anemia each year and it is more common in people of Asian descent. The only available treatments for Aplastic Anemia would be blood transfusions, blood and marrow stem cell transplants, and medication. Another form of anemia is folic acid deficiency anemia. Folic acid anemia is caused be lack of folic acid due to a poor diet. Women who become pregnant need to make sure they have enough folic acid in their diet due to lack of folic acid can cause birth defects. Folic acid deficiency anemia is diagnosed with a blood test to check the
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