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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Overview)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body.


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Which people are at the highest risk for anemia?

Which people are at the highest risk for anemia?

Anemia: Children and menstruating women. Children because of their high nutritional needs during periods of growth, and women because of the high loss of iron from menstration. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
1,283 Doctors shared insights

Anemia (Overview)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body.


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What life threathening complications can severe anemia gives a person?

What life threathening complications can severe anemia gives a person?

Severe anemia: One can die from severe anemia from massive acute bleeding due to hypoxia - decrease oxygenation to vitals organ that resulting in organ failure. When anemia iis a slow ongoing/chronic process- our body can compensate. When it is severe enough- enlargement of the heart /cardiomegaly and congestive heart failure can happen. Kidney failre and death can happen in severe hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anemia and what are some usual treatments?

What are the symptoms of anemia and what are some usual treatments?

Depends on the cause: The usual symptoms of anemia are fatigue, pale skin, dizziness with standing, shortness of breath with exertion or at rest. Chest pain can occur in people with heart disease.
The treatment depends on the cause of the anemia. Anemia should be worked up by your physician or specialist to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What are the tests required to diagnose anemia?

What are the tests required to diagnose anemia?

Screening tests: Anemia is defined by a low number of red blood cells. This would be diagnosed by performing a simple blood test that would measure your hemoglobin and/or hematocrit. If you are found to be anemic, there are also simple blood tests to try to figure out the cause. Many types of anemia are treatable. ...Read more

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How does anemia cause paleness?

How does anemia cause paleness?

Red cells are red!: When severe anemia is present, there are fewer red blood cells in circulation. The red cells give lighter-skinned people some color. Thus, with anemia, people are less red, and appear pale. ...Read more

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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

PICA: In medicine we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat:
animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand. This pattern of eating should last 1 mo. In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common. It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anemia?

Many: Symptoms of anemia include lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, lethargy, rapid heart rate, fatigue, pale skin, etc. In addition, some may have none of these symptoms. Anemia is a symptom; something else is causing the anemia and the cause needs to be found by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs of anemia?

Can you tell me the signs of anemia?

Several: Some patients will be asymptomatic. Others have any of the following: lightheadedness, dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue, fast heart rate, run out of breath and tire quickly with exercise. If you have any suspicions of anemia, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is anemia?

Low red blood count: If you have symptoms and signs suggestive of anemia like tiredness, pale mucus membranes or obvious bleeding, your doctor will run a blood test indicating the percent of red blood cells in your blood, the parameters of the cells to determine if you do not make enough or are nutritionally deficient, etc. This is a usually obvious diagnosis but the cause takes a little work to find out. ...Read more

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What are the tests required to diagnose anemia?

Screening tests: Anemia is defined by a low number of red blood cells. This would be diagnosed by performing a simple blood test that would measure your hemoglobin and/or hematocrit. If you are found to be anemic, there are also simple blood tests to try to figure out the cause. Many types of anemia are treatable. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements. ...Read more

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Can these blood test results indicate anemia?

Can these blood test results indicate anemia?

Please resubmit.: Test results need to be included to answer the question. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cooley's anemia?

What are the tests for cooley's anemia?

Cooleys anemia: Coolew's anemia also known as thallasemia major is genetic disorder of blood. It is diagnosed by doing blood test.Cbc will show fewer healthy red blood cells and less hemoglobin. And it is confiemed by doing hemoglobin electophoresis, which will show abnormal hemoglobin. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have anemia?

How do you know if you have anemia?

You: Will need a blood cbc, signs may include feeling tired, pale looking eye conjunctiva or hands, fatigue. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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Lab results: hight tibc, normal range iron and saturation. Have been passing mucus and blood (few times in past few months) even without stool. Awaiting colonoscopy. Could my lab results mean anemia?

Lab results: hight tibc, normal range iron and saturation. Have been passing mucus and blood (few times in past few months) even without stool. Awaiting colonoscopy. Could my lab results mean anemia?

Depends on your Hemo: Anemia, by definition, means low hemoglobin level. So we need to know your hemoglobin (hb) in order to answer your question. If it is over 12 grams, you do not need to worry about your iron and TIBC etc. ...Read more

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Is anemia treatable?

Is anemia treatable?

Yes!: Treating anemia is like filling the gas tank in your car. [1] you help replace the gas. Depending on the kind of anemia, you take supplements or change your diet so you get more iron or vitamin b12. [2] you figure out why your gas tank was running low and fix the leak. Are you bleeding somewhere in your gut? Heavy periods? Chronic disease? Not eating well? But yes, you can refill your tank! ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to treat my anemia?

Is there anything I can do to treat my anemia?

Anemia: Do you have any blood results to share? It may be important to know if this is isolated anemia or any other blood lines down. Also it would be important to know if you are significantly anemic and what type of anemia you have to know how to treat it. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common and is treated with supplemental iron. ...Read more

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How is anemia treated?

How is anemia treated?

Depends on cause: Anemia is a broad diagnosis and treatment is based on the cause and severity of the condition. The most common cause is iron deficiency from chronic blood loss (menstruation, gastrointestinal) which is treated with iron replacement. Always check with your doctor since other important work-up may be needed to address more serious problems. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of treating anemia in people with diabetes?

Better health: Treating anemia typically leads to higher energy levels. The major question to answer is "what is the cause of the anemia? ". This is critically important. For example, colon cancer causes a slow intestinal bleed can be a cause of anemia, and early detection of colon cancer makes a cure much more likely. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for anemia?

Is there a treatment for anemia?

Rx Underlying Cause: Anemia is defined as an abnormally low red blood cell (rbc)count. This may be due to decreased production of rbcs by the bone marrow, or increased destruction or loss (ie bleeding). The precise cause can be narrowed down by a formal exam and simple blood tests, sometimes supplemented by x-ray or endoscopy. Once the cause is identified, the anemia may be treated. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for anemia?

Only a few: We don't actually have that many medical treatments for anemia.
1-procrit and other esas
2-iron
3-vitamin b12
4-folate
5-steroids (for autoimmune hemolytic anemia)
6-transfusion

that's pretty much it as far as I know.

Hope that helped. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure anemia?

How long does it take to cure anemia?

Depends: There are many different kinds of anemia, each of which have their own causes. You need to figure out what kind of anemia you have and what needs to be done to treat it. It could be that a simply nutritional supplement (iron, b12, thiamine) will be enough. It could be a more chronic problem that has no quick fix. If you're anemic for any reason, you need to see your doc right away. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of anemia?

Depends on cause: There are many causes of anemia. You need to know why before treating. Sometimes it is diet related (iron deficiency), other times it is can be caused by chronic inflammation, auto-antibodies, or diseases in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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What’s the situation with the anemia drugs?

Procrit (epoetin alfa)?: Please elaborate your question. If you talk about Procrit (epoetin alfa) and the like... in the US, primary care physicians have some restrictions to prescribe it. You have to make sure Pt iron storage is good (ferritin >100). ...Read more

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How to select B12 & folic acid or b100 complex tablet for anemia problem. I am type 2 diabetic?

Find cause of Anemia: It is not a good idea to blindly treat anemia with vitamins. You should find a good doctor who can evaluate the cause of your anemia first and then treat the cause with the appropriate medication. ...Read more

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My mom gets pernicious anemia, so am I likely to get it later?

Pernicious Anemia: Pernicious anemia is not inheritated to my knowledge. It is usually caused by lack of the vitamins b 12 in diet (by vegetarians) or lack of intrinsic factors in autoimmune atrophic gastritis or in patients who had part of the stomach cut off for bariatric surgery (to reduce weight) or as surgical treatment for peptic or gastric ulcers (gastrostomy). ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

I Don't Think So: I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question. Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have. ...Read more

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Can a baby inherit fanconi anemia or is it a new mutation?

Can a baby inherit fanconi anemia or is it a new mutation?

Inherited: Fanconi anemia (fa) is the most common form of inherited aplastic anemia. It is an autosomal recessive or x-linked disorder that occurs in all races and ethnic groups. Multiple genes appear to be responsible for fa and are widely dispersed throughout the genome, including the x chromosome. Several of these genes are tumor suppressor genes. ...Read more

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Which people are at the highest risk for anemia?

Anemia: Children and menstruating women. Children because of their high nutritional needs during periods of growth, and women because of the high loss of iron from menstration. ...Read more

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How can I prevent anemia?

Diet and periods: The most common reason for a woman to be anemic is loss of blood during her periods. If your anemia is severe or if you are unable to improve your anemia with diet and iron supplements, you can consider several safe ways to decrease the amount of blood you lose with your periods. Birth control pills, depoprovera and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD are some ways. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count. Many potential causes that need investigation. ...Read more

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What ia anemia?

Low blood hemoglobin: Anemia is low blood hemoglobin (red blood cell part). It can be caused from many things, but particularly blood loss in menstruation from women and from cancer in the colon, or kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

Low red blood cells: Anemia is a low number of red blood cells. The most common reason is low iron stores, but there are many other causes. In any case, if someone is anemic they need to find out why ...Read more

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Is anemia cureble?

Is anemia cureble?

There are many ways: The therapeutic approach taken depends upon the underlying cause, and causes of anemia are many and varied. They can result from impaired rbc production (eg., nutritional deficiencies, marrow infiltration, etc), hematoma, blood loss (gi bleed, hemorrhage, epistaxis, etc.), hemolysis, thalassemia, hemoglobinopathies, etc. Do you have a specific cause that you would like information about re: rx? ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Different causes: Anemia is a general term essentially meaning a low red blood cell count. There are lots of causes of different types of anemia. Iron deficiency is one of the more common types. A B12 deficiency can cause a different type. Your doctor can runs tests to try to determine a specific cause. If the problem remains, the patient should see a hematologist. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Many reasons: It coul be so many reasons including low iron, b12, fa etc. ...Read more