Anemia - Fanconi's
Fanconi's anemia is a disease passed down through families (inherited) that mainly affects the bone marrow. It results in decreased production of all types of blood cells.
Fanconi's anemia is different from Fanconi syndrome, a rare kidney disorder.
Fanconi's anemia is due to an abnormal gene that damages cells, which keeps them from repairing damaged DNA.
To inherit Fanconi's anemia, a person must get one copy of the abnormal gene from each parent.
The condition is usually diagnosed in children between 2 and 15 years old.
Castro-Malaspina H, O’Reilly RJ. Aplastic anemia and related disorders. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 171.
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