The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is a registered charity providing emotional support and information to anyone affected by aplastic anaemia.
What is aplastic anaemia?
The bone marrow is the soft fatty tissue found in the cavities of our bones. Basically it is the “factory” where most of our blood cells – red cells, platelets and white cells – are made. Aplastic anaemia (or bone marrow failure) is a serious rare disease that develops when the bone marrow fails to produce these blood cells.
What are the symptoms of aplastic anaemia?
Patients may have symptoms of anaemia such as paleness, fatigue, shortness of breath on exertion and rapid heart rate (caused by low red cells), excessive bleeding and a tendency to bruise easily (low platelets) and a high susceptibility to infection (lack of white cells).