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Can a cbc detect malabsorption?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Not directly...: Someone who is not absorbing iron or vitamin B12 for example will have a characteristic type of anemia (low red blood cell count) that will be detected on a cbc. It is possible to have malabsorption and a normal cbc, however. It all depends on what is not being absorbed and the length of symptoms.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Secondarily: Only secondarily , if your anemic or if your malabsorption is due to an allergy.

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