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What is sideroblasticc anemia

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What is sideroblasticc anemia
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

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Sideroblastic anemia is due to the accumulation of iron in the immature red blood cells.

This is usually associated with iron excess state.

Congenital cause is a common one.

Sideroblastic anemia can be acquired as well.

Myelodysplastic syndrome ( MDS) can cause this condition as well.

Also alcohol, certain medications like INH, chloramphenicol, linezolid, copper deficiency an zinc toxicity, hypothermia

can cause sideroblastic anemia.

Hence these causes should be checked.

If anemia is severe, then symptomatically blood transfusion is advised.

Excess iron should b remove by chelation or phlebotomy.

Reversible causes like alcoholism, copper deficiency and zinc toxicity can be treated accordingly.

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