A 28-year-old female asked:
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hi dr,havin hair loss, iron is low 8.2 micromol/l but ferritin is normal 18 ng/ml vit d normal. should i take supp or stay on fe rich food ?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Need anemia DX: Low Hgb can be caused by low Fe but there are other causes: genetic like thalassemia or sickle cell, illnesses that cause abnormal destruction of the red cells, Vit B12 defic, & anemia of chronic illness. Ferritin levels range from 12 to 150, so although yours is in the normal range, additional iron would be good if rest of CBC is Nl. Expect response in 3-4 wks. If not, get further eval
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
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