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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: There can be many reasons for iron deficiency anemia. It is best to have an evaluation by a physician for possible causes.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Certainly: It is a symptom of low iron, the question then would be why is the iron level low. The other problem could relate to diet, absorption, chronic blood loss, etc.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, absolutely: Iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic blood loss in the body. The source must be found and treated. It can be an occult tumor in the colon, or excessive menstrual bleeding too. Poor diet or absorption can be responsible too. Other possible sources as well.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can result from either blood loss or inadequate dietary intake. Blood loss in young women is typically due to heavy and/or frequent menses. In older adults, iron deficiency is worrisome for colon cancer or bleeding ulcers. Vegans & vegetarians are at greater risk for inadequate iron consumption as it's typically derived from animal protein. However, excess iron is not good either.

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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Anemia: Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Maybe: Iron deficiency can be caused by several different things. Some may lead to other deficiencies. In your situation, the cause of iron deficiency is important to better answer your question.

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