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A 29-year-old female asked:

My hemoglobin is 10.8( range 12-16.5)(female,25.) do not experience any symptoms.it was a routine test. how low is this?can i manage without medicine?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Find the cause: Anemia has over a hundred different causes. If it's iron deficiency, the cause must be sought -- you don't want to miss bleeding from a cancer or bad stomach ulcer. It may simply be your monthly loss and/or your diet (if you're a non-supplementing vegetarian, expect health issues.) Other anemias warn of serious treatable disease. Let the workup proceed. Best wishes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you for the follow-up and for your kind words.
Dec 17, 2016

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