Sideroblastic Anemias Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad A Mir, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Sideroblastic anemia is primarily a laboratory diagnosis, made on the basis of bone-marrow examination with Prussian blue stain. The history and physical examination can provide certain clues, but they usually do not pin down the exact diagnosis.

Over diagnosis of sideroblastic anemia may occur because of the variable definition of sideroblastosis.

Go to Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, and Chronic Anemia for complete information on these topics.

Other conditions to be considered include the following:

  • Multivitamin deficiencies and malnutrition
  • Drug toxicity

Differential Diagnoses