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Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Multiple: Iron deficiency (microcytic hypochromic) is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency (macrocytic), chronic disease like infection or cancer (normocytic normochromic), genetic conditions (thalassemia), certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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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 is the type of anemia that is hereditary and causes your hair to go grey?

What is the type of anemia that is hereditary and causes your hair to go grey?

Pernicious anemia: Patients with penicious anemia (pa) produce antibodies against the parietal cells of the stomach which produce intrinsic factor which is necessary for absorbing vtiamin B12 and when virtamin B12 can't be absorbed red blood cell production is decreased, causing anemia. Pa runs in families and is assoicated with premature graying and blue eyes. ...Read more

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What types of anemia can cause bruising?

What types of anemia can cause bruising?

Look farther: You may be anemic. Lots of people are. The causes of anemia are seldom the causes of bruising, unless there is a common underlying hematologic disorder. Your physician will complete the workup in short order, hopefully in two weeks or less. If not, insist on a hematology referral. ...Read more

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Which type of anemia can cause fatigue?

Which type of anemia can cause fatigue?

Anemia: Anemia can be mild, moderate and severe depending upon the hemoglobin or hematocrit measure! as severity of anemia increases, it is proportional to the fatigue one experiences! usually anemia as a result of blood loss or hemolytic anemia or B12 deficiency causes more fatigue. Other causes such as anemia of chronic disease is mild and relatively asymptomatic or compensated. ...Read more

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Please tell me the cause of sickle cell anemia?

Please tell me the cause of sickle cell anemia?

Stiffened hemoglobin: There is a genetic change that causes an abnormal hemoglobin. This abnormal hemoglobin becomes stiff in certain circumstances, causing the red blood cell to sickle. This causes many symptoms, including anemia, pain, and many other symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I am pregnant. But i can not tell i had my first child a year ago. The csection caused me to develop anemia. Over the last 4 months I have felt off, as if i were pregnant again. I toook tests and they all said i wasnt. I haven't had a normal perio

I think I am pregnant. But i can not tell i had my first child a year ago. The csection caused me to develop anemia. Over the last 4 months I have felt off, as if i were pregnant again. I toook tests and they all said i wasnt. I haven't had a normal perio

Anemia : Anemia cannot mask pregnancy. If you are convinced that you are pregnant, your doctor can order a blood pregnancy. This test is definitive and you will have your answer. If you have anemia in additon to the symptoms you described, you may be dealing with uterine fibroids, these are benign tumors of the uterus. Your doctor can make the diagnosis after a pelvic exam and ultrasound. All the best. ...Read more

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Is there any type of parasite that causes a nutrient deficiency, some type of anemia or vascular dementia?

Is there any type of parasite that causes a nutrient deficiency,  some type of anemia or vascular dementia?

Yes: There is a parasitic worm that lives inside pike and carp, and will lodge in the G.I. Tract and block absorption of vit b-12 causing anemia, and cognitive problems like a dementia. It is not like a stroke and is reversible if the vitamin b-12 is replaced, and the worm is dispatched. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have dyspnea from 1month and my chest is good no cough no anemia no heart problem no lung problem. Please tell me the cause? I am so worried

I have dyspnea from 1month and my chest is good no cough no anemia no heart problem no lung problem. Please tell me the cause? I am so worried

Dyspnea: Dyspnea with no anemia, lung diseas or heart disease mmay indicate deconditioning, or other systemic illness like Thyroid, liver disease, chronic infections or mental illness. More history a through re-evaluation may help identify etiology ...Read more