Transient erythroblastopenia of childhood

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Transient erythroblastopenia of childhood
Specialty pediatrics, hematology

Transient erythroblastopenia of childhood (TEC) is a slowly developing anemia of early childhood characterized by gradual onset of pallor.

Signs and symptoms[edit]

Individuals with TEC have a median age of presentation of 18–26 months; however, the disorder may occur in infants younger than 6 months and in children as old as age 10 years. Because of the gradual onset of the anemia, children are often healthier than expected from their low hemoglobin levels.


The cause of TEC is unknown, but it thought to be triggered by a viral infection. While rare cases have been attributed to infection with Parvovirus B19, the majority of cases are not related to Parvovirus infection. This is in contrast to transient aplastic crisis, seen in patients with hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell disease, which is usually caused by Parvovirus infection.[1][2]


Most patients recover completely within 1–2 months. However many reported cases have lasted 18–24 months and longer.


  1. ^ Geetha D, Zachary JB, Baldado HM, Kronz JD, Kraus ES (December 2000). "Pure red cell aplasia caused by Parvovirus B19 infection in solid organ transplant recipients: a case report and review of literature". Clinical Transplantation. 14 (6): 586–91. doi:10.1034/j.1399-0012.2000.140612.x. PMID 11127313. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ Prassouli A, Papadakis V, Tsakris A, et al. (June 2005). "Classic transient erythroblastopenia of childhood with human parvovirus B19 genome detection in the blood and bone marrow". Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology. 27 (6): 333–6. doi:10.1097/01.mph.0000169249.72858.8c. PMID 15956889. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 

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