Aplastic anaemia


Can aplastic anaemia be caused by bad nutrition or lack of vitamins?

Aplastic anaemia cannot be caused or cured by a specific diet. Nor can a vitamin deficiency cause aplastic anaemia. The idea probably comes from the fact that “simple” anaemias (decrease in red blood cells without disturbance of bone marrow function) can be caused by blood loss, chronic diseases and precisely also by the lack of certain vitamins and iron.

Can blood transfusions replace the lacking cells?

Blood transfusions can replace the missing blood cells, but cannot cure aplastic anaemia. In general, transfusion therapy is very safe today. All blood donors are questioned with regard to possible diseases and risks, and all blood preparations are examined for infections. In addition, since 2004, leukocytes (white blood cells) have been removed in Germany to make the preparations better tolerated.