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About Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic Anemia occurs when the bone marrow stops making enough blood-forming stem cells. The diseases can be traced back to 1888 when a famous German pathologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich studied the case of a pregnant woman who died of bone marrow failure. However, the disorder was not officially termed as "aplastic anemia" until 1904. Patients with aplastic anemia typically have low blood cell counts in all three blood lines - red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Upon examination, the bone marrow is found to be hypoplastic or aplastic, meaning low growth or no growth of blood-forming stem cells. Chromosomal abnormalities are not typically found in theses instances.

The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF) is the world's leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases. AA&MDSIF provides answers, support and hope to thousands of patients and their families around the world.

John Huber
John Huber, Executive Director at Aplastic AnemiaA & MDS International Foundation, made a personal visit to the Jackson County Brevet on June 18, 2011.