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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia? and what are possible causes?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Fatigue, pallor: Fatigue, pallor (sometimes), shortness of breath.
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
Usually : Usually blood loss either from GI bleeds or excessive menstruation will cause it. In addition to above statements it can cause raynauds.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of iron deficiency anemia if I am eating plenty of iron?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Iron deficiency: Bleeding, cancer, bone marrow diseases, heavy menses, poor absorbtion etc...
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there other things that cause anemia besides iron-deficiency?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 22 years experience
Chronic diseases: Such as sickle cell, thalassemia, , GI bleed, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disease can also cause anemia. Prenicious anemia (due to autoimmune destruction of special stomach cells), folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies are other causes. Talk with your docotr if special testing is required to determine etiology of anemia and if colonoscopy is required.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

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Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Many: There are many causes for anemia (RBC), just list a few: 1) decreased production due to not enough nutrition, B12/folate/iron def, or bone marrow diseases or bone marrow suppression from drugs/radiations or due to chronic kidney disease (not enough epoietin); 2) increased destruction: intravascular or extravascular hemolysis; 3) blood loss or chronic disease/cancer or some congenital diseases.
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