While it is relatively rare, aplastic anemia is a serious and debilitating blood condition that can develop in people of any age. The condition can appear suddenly or it can develop gradually over time. Victims of aplastic anemia may feel fatigued and be at a higher risk of infection. They also may experience bleeding that is difficult to control. Fortunately, however, victims may also be entitled to disability benefits.
8 Common Causes of Aplastic Anemia
Aplastic anemia results from the body’s failure to produce sufficient red blood cells. Common causes of this condition include the following:
- Bone marrow diseases. Certain conditions may cause the body to slow production of blood cells. This can then lead to anemia.
- Radiation treatment. Cancer patients receiving radiation treatment are at risk of aplastic anemia because the treatment can also kill many healthy cells, including bone marrow stem cells.
- Chemotherapy. Similarly, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy may also develop aplastic anemia since the treatment may kill healthy bone marrow cells.
- Toxic chemical exposure. Studies have shown that exposure to certain toxins can cause aplastic anemia. These toxins include many that are used in common insecticides and pesticides.
- Medication. Some prescription drugs, including antibiotics and arthritis medications, may cause aplastic anemia.
- Viral infections. Certain types of infections, such as Epstein Barr, hepatitis, or HIV can affect the bone marrow and lead to aplastic anemia.
- Autoimmune disorders. An autoimmune disorder can cause aplastic anemia when the white blood cells start attacking healthy cells instead of unhealthy ones.
- Pregnancy. When a pregnancy is accompanied by an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy bone marrow, aplastic anemia may result.
Fortunately, aplastic anemia is a recognized condition that may entitle sufferers to Social Security disability benefits. In order to maximize your chances for obtaining the benefits you deserve, we encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.