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Glossary: Fanconi anemia, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Fanconi anemia

(fan-KOH-nee uh-NEE-mee-uh)

A rare inherited disorder in which the bone marrow does not make blood cells. It is usually diagnosed in children between 2 and 15 years old. Symptoms include frequent infections, easy bleeding, and extreme tiredness. People with Fanconi anemia may have a small skeleton and brown spots on the skin. They also have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.

2007-09-21