Sideroblastic anemia


What is sideroblastic anemia?

Sideroblastic anemia is a rare blood disorder that makes the body unable to produce healthy red blood cells. In this condition, individuals will have an accumulation of iron in their red blood cells specifically in the mitochondria of the cell. This buildup is due to the mitochondria's inability to process the iron and gives the cells a ring shaped appearance that doctors are able to identify as sideroblastic anemia through a blood test. The most common signs of sideroblastic anemia is fatigue, breathing difficulties, weakness and occasionally enlargement of the liver and spleen. This condition can be caused due to a genetic cause or an acquired cause.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2019-03-20


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