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 for this condition will usually be carried out by the general physician or a paediatrician. A blood sample will be extracted to check if the red blood cells are larger than normal. Also, tests may be conducted on bone marrow samples of the patient.
HOW IS DIAMOND-BLACKFAN ANEMIA TREATED?
The treatment can be done with the help of steroids to fight the inflammation and also, to help the body in making more red blood cells. A blood transfusion or a stem cell transplant can also help in treating this condition.
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