Many patients with DBA are treated with blood transfusions , often monthly, to bring their red blood cell count up to an acceptable level. The body normally recycles iron from old red blood cells when producing new ones but this does not happen in DBA patients. Frequent transfusions cause the accumulation of iron in the body. Iron overload can cause damage to the major organs if not properly managed and so patients must take a “chelation” drug to remove excess iron from their bodies. Often this takes the form of a nightly infusion of medication (Desferal) via a subcutaneous needle over a ten hour period. In other cases an oral drug (Exjade) can be taken daily.
Q. What are the Symptoms of Anemia? Lately I've been feeling very tired. My friend suggested I might be anemic. What are the major symptoms of anemia? A. The symptoms of anemia vary according to the type of anemia, the underlying cause, and any underlying health problems. Anemia may be associated with other medical conditions such as hemorrhage, ulcers, menstrual problems or cancer -- and specific symptoms of those conditions may be noticed first.
The body also has a remarkable ability to compensate for early anemia. If your anemia is mild or developed over a long period of time, you may not notice any symptoms. Symptoms common to many types of anemia include the following:
Easy fatigue and loss of energy
Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
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