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Can An Iron Deficiency Anemia Be Inherited
Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Would a child with an iron deficiency be more likely to contract the serious anemias like aplastic anemia?
Not commonly: Most cases of this condition reflect deficiencies of key vitamins (b12, folic acid) and occur due to dietary deficiencies, pregnancy, pernicious anemia, medications. Rare inherited forms can occur in which the carrier proteins for B12 may be low for example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes possible: As we depend on the iron in our diet to supply us with our needs, iron deficiency anemia will occur more quickly if a person's intake is poor for any reason or the quality of their diet is unsatisfactory. This could happen when people with melanoma which spread to the whole body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Straightforward: Sickle cell trait is not a disease, it is a genetic mutation. In most cases it has no health problems associated with it. The only thing to be "done" for it is to ensure the person with it understands the significance that having it might have on their children. Iron deficiency responds to iron therapy; depending on the pt's age and situation tests may be needed to determine why it developed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bleeding/poor intake: The most common cause is bleeding, which could be "normal" like a woman with periods or abnormal bleeding as in the GI tract. That could be from gastritis, ulcers, abnormal blood vessels, diverticuli (small pockets in the intestines), or tumors (benign or malignant). Also very low iron in the diet (no red meat or green leafy vegetables) or failure to absorb iron from the GI tract can do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. In children, for example, fe deficiency from inappropriate cows milk ingestion can lead to hematocrit below 10% in severely affected patients, which can be insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder in the face of severe anemia. Death can occur. Working for you is that anemia develops slowly, permitting compensation. ...Read more
Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more
Could be: Need evaluation to look at other causes of bruising including medication side effects. ...Read more
Does iron deficiency anemia tend to cause subclinical hypothyroidism? Or does subclinical hypothyroidism make a person get iron deficiency anemia? Thanks
Not usually.: Classical pernicious anemia is caused by auto-antibodies against intrinsic factor-producing parietal cells of the stomach. Treatment is lifelong vitamin B12 administration, which is safer than using immunosuppressive medications that could lead to severe infections. Other kinds of B12 deficiency can possibly cured depending on the cause. ...Read more
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