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my husband has anaemia. his bcwas 9.4 he has been on iron tablets for 3 weeks. 1 tablet 3 times a day. bc is now 8 is this normal?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 years experience Medical Oncology
Needs evaluation: Iron deficiency in a man is almost always due to occult (hidden) blood loss, usually from gastrointestinal bleeding. To treat iron deficiency anemia with iron and not look for cause of bleeding is completely inadequate. Perhaps his anemia is not due to iron deficiency. If so, iron tablets will not help. He needs follow up with doctor or a second opinion.
Answered on Feb 27, 2015
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Slow bleed: With Hgb of 9.4 and oral intake of iron, a slow bleed continues. Stool should be examined for blood, A colonoscopy should be performed and if neg, an upper endoscopy performed. Lastly one can employ a capsule camera that evaluate small bowel for possible pathology.
Answered on Feb 27, 2015

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