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What are microcytic red blood cells?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Small cells: Microcytic red blood cells are small rbcs - usually caused by low iron from decreased iron stores or blood loss.
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Small red blood cell: Small rbcs can be seen in iron deficiency. It is also seen in thalassemia, a common disorder of red blood cells. Thalassemia is common in families from the mediterranean or south east asian countries. There are other less common causes.

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What do I need to do when I have microcytic red blood cells?

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Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Evaluate: Microcytic anemia can be caused from iron deficiency, thalessemia, chronic disease, or sideroblastic anemia, so the first thing is to determine the cause of the anemia.
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What rebuilds red blood cells?

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Dr. Scott Monheit
Specializes in Family Medicine
Erytrhropoetin: The kidney produces a hormone called erythropoietin which stimulates the bone marrow to differentiate and produce red blood cells.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about red blood cells?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Carry O 2: Erythrocytes, (RBCs), transport oxygen in the blood. Their shape is ideal for Increasing the surface area-to-volume ratio About 33% of their weight is due to hemoglobin..The Hgb molecule is a complex protein that contains four atoms of iron and can bind to oxygen by diffusion with the potential to transport one billion molecules of O2 per each RBC
A 37-year-old member asked:

Where are red blood cells produced?

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Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 48 years experience
Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produced in other organs such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes.

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