Fanconi Anemia
Diagnosis

Fanconi anemia is an inherited disease meaning it is present at birth but symptoms may not appear until much later. The condition is usually diagnosed when a child is between the ages of 2 and 15. Currently, the best diagnostic tool is a chromosome breakage test. For this test, blood cells are mixed with a chemical that damages DNA. Normal cells curtail the damage. But cells from a child.

Other tests a doctor may order include:

  • A complete blood count (or CBC) to measure the number, size, and health of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
  • A reticulocyte count to see if the bone marrow is making red blood cells at a healthy rate.
  • A bone marrow biopsy during which a small amount of bone marrow is drawn and tested.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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