A member asked:

Dad 70 yrs got anemia. hemoglobin 9.6. mcv 110. no vitamin dediciency. aftrr two month iron pill, feritin 800. platelts, wbc liver, kidney normal.mds?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

There are dozens of common causes of anemia. If this actually was iron deficiency, a cause should have been sought (in a man it's stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise), and an MCV of 110 speaks strongly against iron deficiency. Trust B12 ; folate (folic acid) were normal; it's time to check thyroid, stop alcohol, get a reticulocyte count and probably a hematology consult.

Answered Aug 14, 2020



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