Document Type

Article

Department

Emergency Medicine; Paediatrics and Child Health

Abstract

Objective:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation of aplastic anemia as well as to assess the efficacy of Cyclosporin -A in patients with aplastic anemia.

Methodology:

This is a hospital based interventional study. During the three year study period, 44 children were enrolled. Mean age was 9.3 years and there was a male predominance.

Results:

Most common clinical presentation was anemia and bleeding. Four children died before therapy was started. Cyclosporin-A was started in 40 patients. Eleven patients died before completion of therapy and three patients were lost to follow-up. Out of 26 patients who completed therapy, 11 were cured and 9 were responders while 6 were non responders according to the selected criteria.

Conclusion:

In developing third world countries like Pakistan majority of the patients with aplastic anemia cannot afford BMT. Alternative modalities of treatment must therefore be looked into. Cyclosporin-A seems to be a reasonable therapeutic option in such cases.

Publication

Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences

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