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is it possible to have anemia but still have a good iron level?

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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Anemia means low red blood cell count, there are many causes for this, one being iron defiency...Others would include bone marrow suppression, increased destruction of red blood cells or other deficiencies in the building blocks of red blood cells (folate, vit b 12)... Etc. Various blood test can help narrow the list, see your doc or a hematologist.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there other tests to determine sickle cell anemia risk if my husband is away serving in the military?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: The first step is testing you for sickle cell carrier status. If not a carrier then no further testing needs to be done. If you are a carrier then the next step is check the father of the baby. If he is unavailable you could have his parents tested. If neither are a carrier then the father can not be a carrier either. If they are carriers then the fathers chances are 50% he is also.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can iron overload be acquired?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a treatment for iron overload?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Iron overload damages the liver, heart, and other organs; and it causes fatigue, weakness, joint pains, abdominal pain, etc... Treatment is by blood-letting (taking blood out of the person) and/or chelation (using chemicals to bind up the iron and remove it from the body).
Dr. Charles Greenberg
General Practice 45 years experience
There are new drugs that can bind iron and treat iron overload as well. Exjade. See your md
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can childbirth cause anemia?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Anemia: Yes. The fetus during pregnancy draws many substances from the mother, one of which is iron. If the mother has a poor intake of iron, then she is prone to iron deficience anemia. Also if the mother has a large amount of blood loss during delivery, this can cause anemia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are cyanate and thiocyanate? Can they be used to treat sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Ask ur Hematologist: Dietary cyanate, from foods containing cyanide derivatives, has been used as a treatment for sickle- cell anemia. In the laboratory, cyanate and thiocyanate irreversibly inhibit sickling of red blood cells drawn from sickle cell anemia patients. However, the cyanate would have to be administered to the patient for a lifetime, as each new red blood cell created must be prevented from sickling.

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