How can you cure sideroblastic anemia?

Depends. There are various treatment options available including vitamin replacements (pyridoxine, folate), transfusions, toxin chelation, etc. In cases associated with myleodysplasia or leukeami a bone marrow transplant can be potentially curable.
Maybe. Occasionally, the anemia is so severe that support with transfusion is required. These pts usually do not respond to erythropoietin therapy. Some cases have been reported that the anemia is reversed or heme level is improved through use of moderate to high doses of pyrodoxine (vitamin b6). In severe cases of sba, bone marrow transplant is also an option with limited information about the success.

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What is sideroblastic anemia?

Sideroblastic anemia. The marrow produces ringed nucleated cells instead of healthy RBC's. This may be genetic or myelodysplatic - the latter is bad as there is a high rate of a blood cancer. The ringed cells cannot use the Iron that is available. Read more...

How rare is it to have sideroblastic anemia?

Ver rare. Sideroblastic anemias are a group of disorders in which hemoglobin is insufficiently synthesized, because of defective use of iron (although plasmatic iron levels may be normal or elevated). They are said to be sideroblastic because of the presence of ringed sideroblasts in the blood cells due to accumulated ferritin in mitochondria. The prevalence of RA is rare at 1 in 1000, 000. Read more...

How will regular exercise affect sideroblastic anemia?

Depends. Sideroblastic anemia can be inherited or aquired, can be found in childhood and adulthood, can be untreatable or relatively easily treated depending on the cause. The answer to the question depends on the age of the patient, the type of sideroblastic anemia, and other factors that may be effecting the patient's health. Read more...

How can you tell if sideroblastic anemia requires transfusions?

Lab results. If the patient has severe anemia on lab tests or if the anemia is signifcant and causing symptoms to the patient such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. Then blood transfusions are indicated. Read more...
Symptoms or labs. Typically, in younger children, we follow labs regularly to determine how often their hemoglobin is low. At times there is a regular pattern, but this often changes during the course of childhood. Older kids and adults can use symptoms as a guide. Symptoms typically include headache, fatigue. Read more...