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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?
Diagnosis of DBA is done through a blood test. Haematologists may look for the blood count. Presence of low reticulocyte counts, elevated fetal haemoglobin, and elevated adenosine deaminase also confirm diagnosis of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. Genetic tests may also be conducted to confirm diagnosis
HOW IS DIAMOND-BLACKFAN ANEMIA TREATED?
DBA patients can live long and healthy lives with appropriate medical treatment. The two most common forms of treatment are blood transfusion therapy and corticosteroid medication. Some DBA patients are in remission and need no medical treatment. Other DBA patients may choose to undergo the risky procedure of a stem cell transplant.
DID YOU KNOW?
The symptoms of this condition include pale skin, drowsiness, heart murmur and others.