Anemias - Prognosis

Prognosis differs for various kinds of anemia. Deficiency anemias usually improve after three to six weeks of treatment. Patients should continue taking supplements for six months to make sure the body has enough iron. Periodic tests may be necessary to make sure that the anemia has not returned.

Pernicious anemia cannot be cured. However, its symptoms can be treated with regular shots of vitamin B 12 . This treatment usually works very quickly, often within a matter of minutes. There is also no cure for sickle cell anemia. Many patients, however, are able to lead reasonably normal lives with proper treatment.

Aplastic anemia can sometimes be cured with a bone marrow transplant. Thalassemias usually require no treatment. People are able to live normal lives with all but the most severe forms of the disease.

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