Sickle Cell Disease: Aplastic Crisis

Topic Overview

If a person withsickle cell diseaseis infected with parvovirus, the virus that causesfifth diseasein children, an aplastic crisis may develop.Bone marrowsuddenly stops producing red blood cells, which results in sudden and severeanemia. During this time, a person will often feel tired, have pale skin, and be short of breath.

Blood transfusions might be done to treat an aplastic crisis. After a few days, the bone marrow usually recovers on its own. And red blood cell production returns to its usual rate.footnote 1

Most aplastic crises occur in children. This condition only occurs once in any person.

References

Citations

  1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (2002). The Management of Sickle Cell Disease (NIH Publication No. 02-2117). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/blood/sickle/.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMartin H. Steinberg, MD - Hematology

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017