Aplastic anemia is a rare but serious blood disorder. People of all ages can develop aplastic anemia. However, it's most common in adolescents, young adults, and the elderly. Men and women are equally likely to have it.
The disorder is two to three times more common in Asian countries.
Your risk of aplastic anemia is higher if you:
- Have been exposed to toxins
- Have taken certain medicines or had radiation or chemotherapy (treatments for cancer)
- Have certain infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, or inherited conditions
For more information, go to "What Causes Aplastic Anemia?"
Clinical Trials for Rare Blood Diseases (Neal Young, M.D.)05/17/2012
In this video—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—Dr. Neal Young talks about the importance of conducting and taking part in clinical trials. He explains the difference these studies have made in the lives of people who have rare blood and bone marrow diseases, such as aplastic anemia.