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Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA) is a bone marrow related disorder that results in the shortage of red blood cells. This disorder surfaces during the first year of life. Symptoms of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia are: weakness, fatigue, and an abnormally pale appearance. A variety of congenital abnormalities may occur in this disease. The deficiency usually develops during the neonatal phase.
HOW IS DIAMOND-BLACKFAN ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of this syndrome is done by a series of tests which include:
• Detailed health history, including family history.
• Examination of child for signs of illness, skeletal abnormalities and other physical characteristics of DBA.
• A complete blood count (CBC) that measures how many red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets your child has
• Genetic screens to rule out other inherited forms of anemia and other disorders, including myelodysplastic syndrome
• Erythrocyte adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels, which are elevated in around 80% of patients with DBA
• Bone marrow sample.
HOW IS DIAMOND-BLACKFAN ANEMIA TREATED?
Anemia in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia is treated by administering corticosteroids. Periods of remission may occur during steroid treatment. Blood transfusion is another method of treatment for severe anemia. Bone marrow transplantation may be done for treating the hematological aspects of DBA.
DID YOU KNOW?
Diamond Blackfan Anemia is the preferred name for this disorder but other names for DBA include:
Blackfan Diamond syndrome
Congenital pure red cell aplasia
Congenital hypoplastic anemia