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Are there other things that cause anemia besides iron-deficiency?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

Chronic diseases: Such as sickle cell, thalassemia, , GI bleed, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disease can also cause anemia. Prenicious anemia (due to autoimmune destruction of special stomach cells), folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies are other causes. Talk with your docotr if special testing is required to determine etiology of anemia and if colonoscopy is required.

Answered 7/27/2019

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Dr. Scott Bolhack answered

Specializes in Wound care

Anemia: There are dozens of causes of anemia. Cancers, infections, vitamin deficiencies, nutrient deficiencies, prosthetic heart valves, liver disease, kidney disease, ..... The workup for an anemia should be handled by a competent physician.

Answered 8/19/2016

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