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A 36-year-old female asked:

I had blood test which shows low iron levels. is this anemia?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not necessarily: Anemia refers to a low hemoglobin or hematocrit. If yours is low than you probably have iron deficient anemia and may benefit from iron supplements.
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Dr. Philip Miller
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You should also have your B12 and folate levels checked to rule out pernicious anemia
Aug 13, 2014
Dr. Justin Brown
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is one type of several types of anemia. Anemia generally refers to low levels of hemoglobin/hematocrit. Iron deficiency can certainly cause this, but in and of itself, iron deficiency is not the same as anemia.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

Could anemia show up in a normal blood test?

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Dr. Abrahan Chaparro
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not really: Anemia by definition is a low hematocrit and hemoglobin count. It is not anemia if the numbers are normal. The only reason will be if you are severely dehydrated or if you have an acute severe hemorrhage and the test is taken right after the bleed or during the bleeding. The reason will be that you haven't had time redistribute your blood.
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