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Can living with pets cause microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Can living with pets cause microcytic hypochromic anemia?

No: Microcytic hypochromic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, and should be unrelated to living with pets. ...Read more

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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

Insufficient iron in the body, leading to an inadequate amount of healthy red blood cells that are needed for carrying oxygen ...Read more


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Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

No: Anemia (normochromic/cytic or not) can be a sign of leukemia (or a variety of other cancerous or non-cancerous conditions). That is it can associated with leukemia. However, it does not cause leukemia. Correlation does not equal causation. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Not usually: Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism. If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes! ...Read more

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People with thalassemia or hemolytic anemia, why they present usually with hemoglobinuria ? Inspite they have reduced rbcs !

People with thalassemia or hemolytic anemia, why they present usually with hemoglobinuria ? Inspite they have reduced rbcs !

Hemoglobinuria....: Is simply the presence of hemoglobin in the urine, and can be seen in any condition that results in intravascular hemolysis. It is not a specific finding. Indeed it can be seen in thalassemias, where red cells are more prone to oxidant stress and mechanical disruption. There many intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for hemolysis to occur. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are malaria and sickle cell anemia related? If so, how?

Are malaria and sickle cell anemia related? If so, how?

Yes: The mutation in sickle cell disease causes the red blood cell half-life to be shorter than normal. This can offer some protection against malaria because it disrupts the life cycle of the organism. This disease, along with thalassemias (which also shorten the red blood cell half-life), are prevalent in areas of the world that have high malaria rates. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroidism cause macrocytic anemia in elderly. Can Hb reach 8.5 due to hypothyroidism.

Does hypothyroidism cause macrocytic anemia in elderly. Can Hb reach 8.5 due to hypothyroidism.

Yes: Hypothyroidism can cause macrocytic anemia. This anemia is due to poor nutrition and/or poor absorption of folate and B12. Thyroid hormones assist in that absorption, so low levels of T3 (liothyronine) and T4 can lead to that anemia. Treatment should not only address the anemia, but also the hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Can hereditary anemia differ from regular anemia in any way?

Can hereditary anemia differ from regular anemia in any way?

Hereditary=born with: Hereditary anemia is passed in the genes from parents to child. Examples include sickle cell anemia, g6pd deficiency, thalassemia, hereditary spherocytosis and fanconi anemia. Many common anemias are "acquired" due to iron or other nutritional deficiency, illness, drugs or immune destruction. ...Read more

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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

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. ...Read more

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Does anemia caused by thalassemia have symptoms different from those of regular anemia?

Not usually: Usually the symptoms of thalassemia are the same as anemia due to other causes. You should be evaluated by a doctor, preferably a hematologist who can help figure out the cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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What are the complications with untreated, iron deficiency or anemia?

Anemia: you can end up with severe anemia which will require possibly blood transfusions. severe anemia, can lead to cardiac arrhytmias, heart attacks, loss of consciousness, weakness, etc. ...Read more

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Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic  anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Iron deficiency is: Usually hypo chromic. Polychromasia is seen in rapidly changing circumstances like hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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What can be done for sickle cell trait and iron deficiency?

What can be done for sickle cell trait and iron deficiency?

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 more

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How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

How can sickle cell anemia cause osteomyelitis in your bones?

Answered previously: Hi anandk6. I answered this question recently. Can you not find the answer or did i not answer it satisfactorily? ...Read more

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Normocytic hypochromic anaemia causes and symptoms?

Normocytic hypochromic anaemia causes and symptoms?

Early IDA possible: Hypochromic suggests low iron (which can be measured by ferritin, transferrin, etc). Usually this would be from blood loss. Usually iron deficiency anemia (ida) is also assoc w/ microcytic (low mcv) red blood cells (rbcs). It depends on the numbers, other tests & history, but could be early iron deficiency/blood loss &/or more than one process -- eg b12/folate deficiency & ida. See md. ...Read more

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How is normocytic normochromic anemia a threat to someone 's life?

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See below: Any type of anemia can have various complications if left untreated but it depends heavily on the type of anemia and its cause. Normocytic normochromic anemia is frequently associated with an underlying chronic disease and it is very important to diagnose this disease in order to know what the complications may be and how to treat them. ...Read more

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What conditions are associated with sickle cell anemia?

What conditions are associated with sickle cell anemia?

There are many: You are predisposed to acute chest crises, painful crises, stroke, lung hypertension, kidney dysfunction, and many many others. ...Read more

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How could 2 people without sickle-cell anemia to have a child with sickle-cell disease?

How could 2 people without sickle-cell anemia to have a child with sickle-cell disease?

Genetics: Sickle cell disease must be inherited from both parents. Sickle cell trait (1 sickle gene, 1 normal gene) is usually asymptomatic. 2 persons with sickle cell trait have a 1/4 chance of having a child with sickle cell disease, but the parents are often unaware that they have anything. ...Read more

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Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Blood flow and oxyge: Sickle cells both slow blood flow and decrease oxygen carrying capacity of blood leading to ulcers. Try nitro paste near not on ulcer. ...Read more

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What can cause hemoglobin & hematacrit to be low in children?

What can cause hemoglobin & hematacrit to be low in children?

Low H/H: The most common reason for anemia in children is iron deficiency. The first step in resolving iron deficiency anemia in children is by increasing intake through iron rich foods, such as meat, poultry and fish. If this doesn't help, an iron supplement may be needed. Your doctor can help you with this. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more