How are rare blood disorders treated?
Treatment for rare blood disorders depends on the type and extent of disease.
Treatment for histiocytosis could involve:
- Chemotherapy. This is medicine that targets the abnormal blood cells.
- Radiation therapy. Your doctor may prescribe low-dose radiation therapy to treat bone or skin tumors.
- Surgery. Traditional surgery can remove bone and skin tumors.
Treatment for PNH could involve:
- Bone marrow transplant. This procedure injects healthy blood-forming cells into your bloodstream. You must be a good candidate.
- Immunotherapy. These medicines stimulate an immune response that targets abnormal blood cells.
- Blood transfusions. Healthy red blood cells can be injected into your bloodstream to treat anemia caused by PNH.
- Dietary supplements. In some cases, your doctor could prescribe folic acid or iron to treat anemia caused by PNH.
- Medicines. Anticoagulants or plasminogen activators can treat blood clots caused by PNH.
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