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RA is any of a group of anemic conditions not associated with another disease and is marked by a persistent, frequently advanced anemia that can only be successfully treated with blood transfusions. RA is only anemia.
The peripheral blood smear usually shows normochromic, normocytic, or normochromic macrocytic. Blasts are rarely seen and, if present, account for <1% of the white bloodcells.
The erythroid precursors in the BM vary from decreased to markedly increased. The BM must show unequivocal evidence of dysplasia (dysplasia must be present in 10% or more erythroid precursors). Ring sideroblasts may be present. The BM biopsy is generally hypercellular.
There should be a period of observation of six months followed by a re-evaluation before a definitive diagnosis of RA is established.
For MDS diseases (9980, 9982, 9983, 9985, 9986, 9989, 9991, 9992), abstracting each of the subtypes would result in over-counting of the diseases. 1. Code only the first subtype that is diagnosed. 2. Do not change the histologycode or create a new abstract for any subsequent specific MDS subtypes.