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A 51-year-old female asked:

Can a worm or parasites infection cause anemia?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Yes: Worms can attach to the intestinal wall and can cause bleeding.
Dr. Ronald Sherman
Infectious Disease 39 years experience
Absolutely: Parasites like intestinal worms can cause anemia, usually by causing bleeding into the gut. Chronic infections can also cause anemia through low blood production, not active bleeding. However, this is less commonly the reason for anemia associated with worms and parasites.

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Newark, DE
A 51-year-old female asked:

Can worms or parasites cause anemia?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Many parasites can cause blood loss due to decreased absorption of nutrients including iron, leading to anemia. Some include hookworm, whipworm, and schistosoma. Here is a good link to check out. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/22/4/498.abstract.

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