[A microcytic sideroblastic anemia successfully treated with B6 vitamin]

Rev Med Interne. 2019 Jul;40(7):462-465. doi: 10.1016/j.revmed.2019.05.009. Epub 2019 May 25.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Sideroblastic anemia is a rare cause of microcytic anemia, which is characterized by ring sideroblasts on bone marrow aspirate. This anemia can be congenital or acquired.

Case report: We report the case of an alcoholic 49-year-old man who presented with a severe microcytic sideroblastic anemia related to pyridoxine (B6 vitamin) deficiency. Acid folic deficiency was associated. The blood count normalized within one month after vitamin supplementation.

Conclusion: Pyridoxine deficiency must be sought in sideroblastic anemia in patients at risk.

Keywords: Alcoholism; Alcoolisme; Anémie sidéroblastique; Carence en acide folique; Carence en vitamine B6; Folic acid deficiency; Sideroblastic anemia; Vitamin B6 deficiency.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Alcoholism / diagnosis
  • Alcoholism / drug therapy
  • Anemia, Sideroblastic / complications
  • Anemia, Sideroblastic / diagnosis
  • Anemia, Sideroblastic / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vitamin B 6 / therapeutic use*
  • Vitamin B 6 Deficiency / complications
  • Vitamin B 6 Deficiency / diagnosis
  • Vitamin B 6 Deficiency / drug therapy*


  • Vitamin B 6