Sideroblastic anaemia

Last updated: Wednesday, 22, December, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

FBC, blood film (dimorphic blood film with hypochromic red cells), differential WCC and platelet count.

Ferritin and transferrin saturation.

Bone marrow aspiration and trephine biopsy (with special stain for iron) to demonstrate 'ring' sideroblasts, and define any underlying haematological disorder.

Hereditary

Acquired, especially

Drug/toxin induced

Myelodysplastic syndrome

Refractory anaemia with ring sideroblasts.