GTR Home > Conditions/Phenotypes > Diamond-Blackfan anemia 4

Disease characteristics

Excerpted from the GeneReview: Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) in its classic form is characterized by a profound isolated normochromic and usually macrocytic anemia with normal leukocytes and platelets, congenital malformations in approximately 50% of affected individuals, and growth retardation in 30% of affected individuals. The hematologic complications occur in 90% of affected individuals during the first year of life (median age of onset: 2 months). Eventually, 40% of affected individuals are corticosteroid dependent, 40% are transfusion dependent, and 20% go into remission. The phenotypic spectrum ranges from a mild form (e.g., mild anemia; no anemia with only subtle erythroid abnormalities; physical malformations without anemia) to a severe form of fetal anemia resulting in nonimmune hydrops fetalis. DBA is associated with an increased risk for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and solid tumors including osteogenic sarcoma.

Available tests

12 tests are in the database for this condition. Compare labs offering these tests.

Check Associated genes and Related conditions for additional relevant tests.

Associated genes

Clinical features

Help
  • Reticulocytopenia
  • Macrocytic anemia
  • Erythroid hypoplasia

IMPORTANT NOTE: NIH does not independently verify information submitted to the GTR; it relies on submitters to provide information that is accurate and not misleading. NIH makes no endorsements of tests or laboratories listed in the GTR. GTR is not a substitute for medical advice. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.

Write to the Help Desk