Aplastic anemia; Treatment for this anemia may include blood transfusions to increase the levels of red blood cells. The patient may need a bone marrow transplant if the bone marrow is diseased and can't make healthy blood cells. Hemolytic anemia ; Managing hemolytic anemias includes avoiding suspect medications, treating related infections and taking drugs that suppress your immune system, which may be attacking the red blood cells.
Depending on the severity of the patient’s anemia, a blood transfusion or plasmapheresis may be needed and Plasmapheresis is a type of blood-filtering procedure. In certain cases, removal of the spleen can be helpful. Age Anemia is a common condition that occurs in all age. Iron deficiency is the most common cause in children. Women of childbearing age are at higher risk for the condition because of blood loss from menstruation. Anemia can develop during pregnancy due to low levels of iron and folic acid (folate) and changes in the blood. During the first 6 months of pregnancy, the fluid portion of a woman's blood (the plasma) increases faster than the number of red blood cells and when this dilutes the blood it leads to anemia. Young children 9 - 18 months have the highest risk for iron deficiency anemia in the United States and such children are at higher risk for problems in mental development from anemia. About 10% of adults age 65 years and older have anemia. During the first year of life, some babies are at risk for anemia because of iron deficiency. At-risk infants include those who are born too early and infants who are fed breast milk only or formula that isn't fortified with iron. These infants can develop iron deficiency by 6 months of age.
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