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A 23-year-old male asked:

hct 44%, hgb 14.3, mch 26.5, mcv 84, mchc 31.6, platelets 231. ferretin 23. can i increase ferritin with iron sups? or will i need iv iron?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You're actually okay: This is a normal serum ferritin in nanograms/milliliter for a spot test in most labs. You are not anemic. The 50-150 range that you may have seen is the target for people who were once iron-overloaded and are now having iron removed. You're lower than most men, but without any sign of sickness. If you're a vegetarian, you should supplement iron plus B12 and some others.

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

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If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

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A 35-year-old female asked:

Hi im anemic and my doctor want me to do iron infusion and colonoscopy , why?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Need more info: I suspect that your doctor has found that you have iron deficiency anemia. This is a very straightforward diagnosis to make. The colonoscopy is helpful to make sure that you are not losing it in the bowel. If oral iron is not helping then you might need IV iron to rapidly make up for what you can't get from pills.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

I had my platelet done from clinic a and result is 494/ 450. The next day I had it recheck from clinic b and its 395/400. Should I be ok?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
OK: Both levels are normal. Plaelet count can normally fluctuate from day to day, or even during the same day. Don't worry.

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