A 68-year-old female asked:
i have been low for a year. no bleeding found. i am wondering if there is any long term illness related to extreme low iron and blood levels.
1 doctor answer
Dr. Carla Enriquez answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If you're not bleeding, you're not absorbing the iron from your diet or unable to utilize it. Either your GI track is inefficient or your diet is deficient. Common causes are poor acid production in stomach, severe cellular iron deficiency (hypoferritinemia), chronic illness, or bone marrow failure. This is not a situation that you let go unanswered. See a hematologist.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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