Information and advice for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia

Welcome to MarrowKidz from The Aplastic Anaemia Trust. Here you can find resources for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia - and for their families, friends and support networks. Select your age range above to browse information relevant to you.

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This factsheet is for young adults who need ATG as part of their treatment for aplastic anaemia.

What is anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) treatment?

If you have aplastic anaemia, you might be given a medicine called ATG as part of your treatment.

Your immune system works to keep your body safe and protect it against diseases and infections. With aplastic anaemia, your immune system can end up working too hard and begin fighting against your bone marrow inside your bones. This means that the bone marrow doesn’t make enough stem cells, which turn into the blood cells your body needs to keep you healthy. ATG is a medicine made of antibodies that suppress (quieten down) the immune system for a short time. It gives your bone marrow time to heal and start making stem cells again.

What’s in this factsheet?

This factsheet explains what happens before, during and after ATG treatment.

You can view or download the factsheet as a PDF here: 

Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) treatment (age group 17-25)

Or order it as a printed booklet here