Aplastic Anemia Overview

What causes aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia has multiple causes. Some of these causes are idiopathic, meaning they occur sporadically for no known reason. Other causes are secondary, resulting from a previous illness or disorder. Acquired causes, however, may include the following:

history of specific infectious diseases such as infectious hepatitis
history of taking certain medications, such as antibiotics and anticonvulsants
exposure to certain toxins such as heavy metals
exposure to radiation
history of an autoimmune disease
inherited condition

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