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Diamond-Blackfan anemia

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anemia congenital erythroid hypoplastic
  • Anemia Diamond Blackfan type
  • Aregenerative anemia chronic congenital
  • BDS
  • Blackfan Diamond syndrome
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How might Diamond-Blackfan anemia be treated?

To treat very low red blood cell counts in people with DBA the two most common options are corticosteroid medication and blood transfusions. Corticosteroid treatment is recommended in children over 1 years old and can initially improve the red blood count in approximately 80% of people with DBA. Bone marrow/stem cell transplantation might also be considered and is the only curative treatment. Some people may not need any specific treatment.[1]
Last updated: 3/20/2014

  1. Clinton, C, Gazda, HT . Diamond Blackfan Anemia. GeneReviews. 2011; Accessed 2/1/2011.

Management Guidelines

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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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