Other Names for this Disease
- Anemia Diamond Blackfan type
- Blackfan Diamond syndrome
- Anemia congenital erythroid hypoplastic
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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.
Last updated: 3/20/2014
- Clinton, C, Gazda, HT. Diamond Blackfan Anemia. GeneReviews. 2014; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7047/. Accessed 12/3/2015.
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