Aplastic anemia is rare. Factors that may increase your risk include:

  • Treatment with high-dose radiation or chemotherapy for cancer
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • The use of some prescription drugs — such as chloramphenicol, which is used to treat bacterial infections, and gold compounds used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain blood diseases, autoimmune disorders and serious infections
  • Pregnancy, rarely
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