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I have ferritin level of 5 and haemoglobin level of 10.4g/dl. would this be a medical emergency?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Atul Singh
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Not typically : If this is your stable Hb and you have no symptoms then this is not a emergency. You need to be worked up for iron def. if this is a major change in your Hb from baseline then you should seek care soon. Best of luck
Dr. Magdy Shaaban
Hematology and Oncology 41 years experience
Iron deficiency: no it is not emergency. in young female the most common cause is chronic blood loss from menses. or multi para. and these days we see many patient due to bariatric surgery due to lack of absorption.take iron pills over the counter and mulivitamin
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No, but needs: investigation and treatment. You are iron deficient. It may from menstrual blood loss, poor diet, malabsorption or blood loss in the intestine. It is imperative that you see your doctor for an investigation and treatment.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Manage your iron deficiency and work with your physician to find the cause(s).

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