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Can severe anemia cause constipation?

Can severe anemia cause constipation?

No, but look further: Severe anemia is an unlikely cause for constipation and vice versa. Anemia and constipation can both be caused by cancer of the colon, however, so the greatest concern should be their occurring together, but not one actually causing the other. Further studies should be pursued when anemia and constipation show up at about the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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What can cause gastroparesis other than diabetes? Positive ana, vit d deficient, anemia, severe constipation age 35 woman

What can cause gastroparesis other than diabetes? Positive ana, vit d deficient, anemia, severe constipation age 35 woman

See GI: For an issue such as this, i assume you are seeing a gastroenterologist. I will comment only on the ANA which is my expertise. By itself, it does not diagnose any condition and may be totally unrelated. However, an ANA positive disease in my field that comes to mind is scleroderma. It is a skin hardening condition which can involve the esophagus, stomach, and intestine. It would be a rare cause. ...Read more

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Does low iron anemia contribute to constipation and cause dry mouth? Once fixed by surgery, will more saliva and deficating occur? 23year old female

Does low iron anemia contribute to constipation and cause dry mouth? Once fixed by surgery, will more saliva and deficating occur? 23year old female

See details: What issue gets 'fixed' by surgery? Iron deficiency is not related to either issue although the problem that causes the iron deficiency may also cause constipation. ...Read more

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Besides ibd what can cause bellyaches, high sed rate and anemia? Not constipated but sometimes blood in stool

Besides ibd what can cause bellyaches, high sed rate and anemia? Not constipated but sometimes blood in stool

see details: The list is too long to even begin to mention all of the possibilities. If you already have ibd then that is a much more likely cause than any other. You need to discuss your problems with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have gastritis, anemia, constipation. What can be causing all this?

I have gastritis, anemia, constipation. What can be causing all this?

See GI specialist: While there are many straight forward causes of your symptoms there are some rare serious diseases that could do the same. A GI specialist can place cameras in your stomach and colon to evaluate the gastrtis and rule out more serious diseases like cancer -- very rare at your age. If the scopes are clear, the GI can help with the gastritis and constipation. ...Read more

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I just started taking iron supplements today for anemia but now I am constipated. What are the long terms effects of constipation?

I just started taking iron supplements today for anemia but now I am constipated. What are the long terms effects of constipation?

None if treated: Constipation can be benign, a nuisance, and rarely lead to serious complications. Iron supplements usually very commonly cause constipation. Increasing fluid intake, modifying your diet & taking stool softners are some safe thing you can do to counter the constipating effects. Excellent non- to rarely constipating prescription formulations of iron are available from your doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old son has upper body weakness, anemia , occasional toe walking, slow transit constipation, thinning. What could this be sign of?

My 4 yr old son has upper body weakness, anemia , occasional toe walking, slow transit constipation, thinning. What could this be sign of?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing his doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, his doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old son has upper body weakness, anemia, occasional toe walking, slow transit constipation, and thinning. What are these symptoms of?

My 4 yr old son has upper body weakness, anemia, occasional toe walking, slow transit constipation, and thinning. What are these symptoms of?

Anemia: May be the clue. E.G. Vitamin B12 deficiency will result in anemia and it also has an effect on brain metabolism. You should see a physician who is familiar with vitamin deficiency and get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more