Anemia - idiopathic aplastic
Symptoms are the result of bone marrow failure and the loss of blood cell production.
Low red cell count (anemia) can cause:
Pallor(paleness) Rapid heart rate
Shortness of breathwith exercise
Low white cell count (leukopenia) causes an increased risk of infection.
Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) results in bleeding, especially of the mucous membranes and skin. Symptoms include:
- Easy bruising
- Frequent or severe infections
- Nose bleeds
- Rash--small pinpoint red marks on the skin (petechiae)
Signs and tests
The health care provider will perform a physical exam.
Blood tests will show:
red blood cell count(anemia)
white blood cell count
reticulocyte count(reticulocytes are immature red blood cell)
Review Date: 02/28/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.