What is Sideroblastic Anemia?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the Genetic and rare Diseases Information Center, sideroblastic anemia is a heterogeneous group of blood disorders characterized by an impaired ability of the bone marrow to produce normal red blood cells. The iron inside red blood cells is inadequately used to make hemoglobin, despite adequate or increased amounts of iron. Abnormal red blood cells called sideroblasts are found in the blood of people with these anemias (the bone marrow produces ringed sideroblasts rather than healthy red blood cells – erythrocytes). Sideroblastic anemias are classified as hereditary, acquired, and reversible. The principle feature of sideroblastic anemia is slowly progressive, mild, life-long anemia which often goes unnoticed.
The symptoms of sideroblastic anemia are the same as for any anemia and iron overload. These may include fatigue, weakness, palpitations, shortness of breath, headaches, irritability, and chest pain.
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