Aplastic anaemia is a very rare blood disorder, which occurs when your body is not making enough new blood cells. This leads to a low count of every type of blood cell in your body, which can cause anaemia, bruising and recurrent infections.
Aplastic anaemia is most common in people aged between 15 and 25, and in older people aged over 60.[i]
If you have severe aplastic anaemia, your doctors may decide that you need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, especially if you’re a child, or if you’ve had other treatment like immunosuppressive therapy and it hasn’t helped.
If you have a brother or sister, doctors will normally test them first to see if they’re a match, so that you can have a transplant using their stem cells. If not, then they will consider an allograft transplant – when your new stem cells are donated by an unrelated donor.
Read Adam’s blog about his treatment for aplastic anaemia.
Find out more from The Aplastic Anaemia Trust.
Information published: 06/10/16
Next review due: 06/10/19