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Diamond Blackfan Anemia in Children

  • Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare genetic blood disorder that occurs when the bone marrow fails to make red blood cells, which are essential for carrying oxygen from the lungs to all the other parts of the body. Normally, bone marrow produces all of the blood cells your child’s body needs, but sometimes, genetic defects can disrupt the marrow’s ability to make these vital cells.

    How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches Diamond Blackfan anemia

    At the Bone Marrow Failure Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, our team of pediatric hematology experts provides comprehensive treatment for DBA. We are a national pediatric hematology/oncology referral center, with one of the nation’s most experienced, multidisciplinary teams at diagnosis and treatment of Diamond Blackfan anemia.

    • We offer specialized diagnostic and treatment options, including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation through our Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Center, one of the nation’s oldest and most experienced pediatric stem cell transplant programs.
    • Our pediatric hematology experts provide your child with ongoing, comprehensive follow-up care to manage the symptoms of DBA.
    • Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s are studying ribosomal protein genes and other genes of children with DBA to identify new genetic mutations related to the disorder.
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