A 36-year-old member asked:
Can you die from anemia?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
If untreated: Anemia decreases the amount of oxygen distributed throughout the body. For this reason, if anemia is untreated, it can become life-threatening. Normally what is causing the anemia is the major problem. That can be blood loss from any source or lack of blood being made because of kidney disease or bone marrow cancer. Also, sickle cell anemia can make you sick and easily infected.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences.
4.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Dec 11, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.