If a person with
sickle cell disease is infected with parvovirus, the
virus that causes
fifth disease in children, an aplastic crisis may
Bone marrow suddenly stops producing red blood cells,
resulting in sudden and severe
anemia. During this time, a person will often feel
tired, have pale skin, and be short of breath. In severe cases, aplastic anemia
can lead to death if the person is not promptly treated with
About 5 to 10 days
after a crisis starts, the bone marrow usually recovers on its own. And red
blood cell production returns to its usual rate.
crises occur in children. This condition only occurs once in any given
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