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What are the types of anemia?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Different types: Bsically anemia means that you don't have enough red blood cells in your body. Main reasons: 1) blood loss - may be subtle like menstrual periods, 2) destruction of blood cells (hemolytic anemias, - various diseases and some drugs 3) not making enough blood cells (bone marrow issues - can be caused by diseases of the marrow or many drugs - including chemotherapy.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Many: Underproduction due to vitamin deficiencies or blood/chronic disease, destruction, bleeding and many more.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Which type of disorder is anemia?

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Low Hb: It is a disorder of having low hemoglobin.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are some types of anemia inherited?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, some types of anemia are due to inherited or genetic defects. Sickle cell anemia occurs most frequently in people of african, african-american, and mediterranean descent. Thalassemia (or cooley's anemia) is found in people of mediterranean and southeast Asian descent. These types of anemia are extremely common. Another inherited anemia is fanconi anemia, but this is very rare.
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What is the type of anemia that is hereditary?

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Dr. Robert Warner
Hematology and Oncology 40 years experience
Several: Hemoglobinopathies and enzymopathies are the most common anemias that are hereditary, such as sickle cell anemia, hemoglobin c disease, thalassemia. Absorbtion prorblems can also have a familial predisposition, such as vitamin B12 or iron defficiency. All of these should be able to be easily worked up by a physician, often largely simply by looking at a periferal blood smear.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

How many types of anemia there is?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
3 basic kinds: You can lose blood (bleeding), destroy the blood cells in circulation (hemolysis) or not produce them (bone marrow problems or factor deficiencies). Each one of these has many subcategories and often they overlap. Certain lab tests and occasionally a bone marrow biopsy will usually disclose the reason.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do I know what type of anemia i have?

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Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
Type ; cause: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment.

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