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A 24-year-old male asked:

what can cause anemia? how is it treated? iron level is ok. rbc is ok. hemoglobin is ok

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Many causes: You need to insist on a full explanation of the continuing workup. If your hemoglobin level is normal, then I am wondering how anemia was diagnosed. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding.

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A 33-year-old female asked:

Please interpret mcv=74.50, mchb=24.40 and platelet count is 482. Could this be a sign of anemia?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Microcytic Anemia: The red blood cell (rbc) indices MCV & MCH reflect the size of the red cell and the amount of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein-iron complex) inside the rbc. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low MCV & MCH often associated with microcytic (small sized cells) anemia. The platelet count also is elevated in many cases of iron deficiency anemia.

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