Bone marrow hypoplasia

Bone marrow hypoplasia: A consequence of malnutrition that causes a decrease in blood cell production in the bone marrow and can lead to anemia. The blood changes most commonly seen as a result of bone marrow hypoplasia are a decrease in red cells (anemia) and a decrease in white cells (leukopenia) while less commonly there is a decrease in platelets (thrombocytopenia). These changes are related to the duration of illness, protein energy malnutrition and BMI. The changes in bone marrow are reversible with a return of full nutrition. 

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