Aplastic Anemia is serious. Children with this disease need treatment quickly to survive.
In this disease, the bone marrow shuts down and stops making enough new blood cells. Bone marrow is found in the soft spongy center of the long bones of the arms, legs and the central skeleton, the spine, skull and hips. The marrow makes immature cells called stem cells. The stem cells in turn make the three major types of blood cells:
White Blood Cells – Fight infection
Red Blood Cells – Carry oxygen
Platelets – Make blood clot to stop bleeding
Without enough of any of these cells, serious health problems occur.
This information was taken from the Seattle Children’s Hospital website, which has a
wealth of information about childhood diseases, what they are, their symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment options. For more detailed information, visit their page on
The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation is a world leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with AA and other bone marrow diseases and provide support during the three phases of bone marrow failure diseases: Life changing phase of diagnosis, Life threatening phase of treatment, and Life long phase of living with chronic disease. They provide information, support and research. The AAMDS website is very informative and has political advocacy information.
WHAT IS APLASTIC ANEMIA?