Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA) is a rare group of red blood cell disorders characterized by ineffective erythropoiesis and increased iron absorption. To determine whether growth differentation factor 15 (GDF15) hyper-expression is associated with the ineffective erythropoiesis and iron-loading complications of CDA type I (CDA I), GDF15 levels and other markers of erythropoiesis and iron overload were studied in blood from 17 CDAI patients. Significantly higher levels of GDF15 were detected among the CDA I patients (10 239 ±3049 pg/mL) compared with healthy volunteers (269 ± 238 pg/mL). In addition, GDF15 correlated significantly with several erythropoietic and iron parameters including Hepcidin-25, Ferritin, and Hepcidin-25/ Ferritin ratios. These novel results suggest that CDA I patients express very high levels of serum GDF15, and that GDF15 contributes to the inappropriate suppression of hepcidin with subsequent secondary hemochromatosis.