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Are Transfusions For Blood Loss And Iron Deficiency Anemia The Same
Transfusion/infusion: Blood ( pack red blood cells) transfusion is usually given in the setting of significant anemia due to blood loss. Intravenous iron infusion is given to treat iron deficiency anemia. However both blood transfusion and iron infusion can be given in anemia due to blood loss and iron deficiency anemia- decision will depend on how severe the anemia/symptoms & how quickly you want to treat the anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally, blood loss is a term most commonly referring to bleeding. Blood loss can occur rapidly, due to trauma, or can occur slowly, as seen in diseases of the stomach or intestinal tract. Blood loss could refer to blood disorders that cause anemias, as seen in autoimmune disorders ...Read more
My blood test confirmed my B12 level was low at 178, is that just a deficiency or considered pernicious anemia? I also have iron deficiency anemia.
Please do what: your doc asks you to do. Your B 12 is low. Sublingual tablets of B 12 that melt under the tongue are much better than swallowing B 12 because that has to go through the GI tract and you absorb much less. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?
No. But they...: ...are often seen with beta thalessemia major. ...Read more
I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate everyday. Can.getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?
CBC and Ferritin: A CBC would establish a diagnosis of anemia and microcytosis would suggest iron deficiency. The latter can be tested for by measuring blood levels of ferritin, transferrin, and iron binding capacity. The cause of iron deficiency then needs to be investigated and may be due to blood loss, dietatry deficiency, malabsorption etc. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course .Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood work: Your physician can order commonly available tests for your levels of b12, iron, iron binding capacity and the carrier proteins for iron. All of these factors have some effect on blood cells. The direction of investigation can start with a CBC or complete blood count. Iron deficience eventually produces visably smaller blood cells while B12 deficience results in larger ones.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I haven't hit puberty and im 16, i had/have mild iron deficiency anemia, is this the reason why i haven't hit puberty? I have a poor apetite as well?
Not likely: Mild iron deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms by stopping puberty altogether is not one of them.The process requires the input of hormones & target tissue in the body. Failure to enter puberty by 14 in girls & 15 in boys requires an evaluation by a pediatric endocrinologist.Seek one out (and take some iron anyway). ...Read more
find why and treat: You should have some work up to find out why you you have iron deficiency anemia. Then, you also would need to get treatment as indicated. There are many reasons why iron deficiency can occur- bleeding, decrease iron absorption etc. Thrombocythemia can be related to the iron deficiency anemia. When iron deficiency is resolved usually platelet will normalize. If not, further investigation is neede. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For 57+ F, how does MCV, MCH & MCHC (in CBC) look like in case of mild (Hb 10.6) nutritional iron deficiency anemia ?
This is serious: "Mild" iron deficiency is like being "a little bit pregnant." MCV and so forth, while often low, are not reliable in confirming or ruling it out. Serum iron, binding capacity, and ferritin are more helpful. If the patient is a non-supplementing vegetarian she should supplement, but it is essential to rule out iron loss from ulcer, cancer, hookworm and so forth. ...Read more
Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?
I have iron deficiency anemia. Current bloodwork: Transferrin 379, iron 120, TIBC 565, iron saturation 21.2. Hgb 8.9, above results still anemia??
Yes indeed: Hemoglobin 8.9 is anemia, period. Please forgive my frankness. I hope that no one is forcing you to be a non-supplementing vegetarian. If you have blood loss, either monthly or from illness, I hope the source is discovered -- it could be ulcer, cancer, hookworm, etc. If you tolerate oral iron poorly, please consider an injectable form. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.
Menstrual flow: If you have prolonged or excessive menstrual flow, you may discuss with your OB re. BCP to reduce the frequency of your menses. Iron in vegetable, no matter how high the content, may not be absorbed and thus if you were a vegan, you may need to take iron supplement. If you were older, I would consider GI cancer. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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