1. Lori

    Great column – look forward to sharing it with clients who have pets with this hard-to-understand condition!

  2. Petra Schmidt

    How is this different from aplastic anemia? The treatment seems to be the same.

    • True aplastic anemia is characterized by decreased production of red blood cells (and white blood cells and platelets) by the bone marrow which results in decreases in all cell lines (called pancytopenia). Normal blood cell producing tissue is replaced by fat. Aplastic anemia can be divided into acute or chronic forms; both involve decreased proliferation or destruction of blood stem cells in the marrow. With the acute form, a patient usually first has low white blood cells and then low platelets. As red blood cells “live” longer than white blood cells and platelets, anemia does not become apparent until the later stages. Acute aplastic anemia is potentially reversible if the initiating cause is eliminated. In comparison, the prognosis for the chronic form is less favorable and marrow recovery, if it occurs, may take weeks to months.

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