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Sideroblastic anemia

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anemia sideroblastic
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Treatment

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How might sideroblastic anemia be treated?

The treatment of sideroblastic anemia is directed at controlling symptoms of anemia and preventing organ damage from iron overload.[1] Many patients see improvement with increased vitamin B6 intake - either through diet (potatoes, bananas, raisin bran cereal, lentils, liver, turkey, and tuna are good sources) or supplements - with red blood cell counts returning to near-normal values. Folic acid supplementation may also be beneficial.[2][1] Those that do not respond to vitamin supplementation require blood transfusion.[1] 

A few small studies have described the use of allogenic bone marrow or stem cell transplantation for hereditary and congenital forms of sideroblastic anemia. While these therapies may offer the possibility of a cure, the complications associated with transplantation surgery must be considered.[3] 

All patients with sideroblastic anemia should be followed by a hematologist and avoid alcohol.[2][1]

 

Last updated: 12/9/2009

References
  1. Ferri F. Anemia, Sideroblastic. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2010, 1st ed. . Elsevier; 2009;
  2. Escott-Stump S. Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007;
  3. Alcindor T, Bridges KR. Sideroblastic Anemias. The Information Center for Sickle Cell and Thalassemic Diseases. 2001; http://sickle.bwh.harvard.edu/sideroblastic.html. Accessed 12/9/2009.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Anemia sideroblastic
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.