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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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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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Am 70yrs. I had bad depresion for 14 month, eat once daily and sleep 3 hrs. Does that cause macrocytic anemia. B12, folic ok. Can it be bad absorption?

Am 70yrs. I had bad depresion for 14 month, eat once daily and sleep 3 hrs. Does that cause macrocytic anemia. B12, folic ok. Can it be bad absorption?

Yes.: I may have answered this already .Depression can cause poor appetite and may cause malnutrition over a long period of time . However if your B12 and Folic Acid are normal, then I do not believe you have macrocytic anemia. The cause of macrocytic anemia is due to the absence of intrinsic factor in your stomach causing malabsorption of nutrients that can cause macrocytic anemia. ...Read more

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Can hpylori bacteria cause macrocytic anemia for 70 yrs man. Had it from 2 yrs and treated. Folic, B12 ok. Can it be no absorption though normal vit.?

Can hpylori bacteria cause macrocytic anemia for 70 yrs man. Had it from 2 yrs and treated. Folic, B12 ok. Can it be no absorption though normal vit.?

No: H. Pylori does not causes macrocytosis. If B12 is below 400, consider checking methylmalonic acid as it still could be B12 deficiency. In a 70 year old, maxrocytosis could be a sign of bone marrow disorder, called myelodyspalstic syndrome. Also, certain drugs can cause macrocytosis. ...Read more

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Can a bleeding ulcer cause macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

Can a bleeding ulcer cause macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

Usually not: Because it causes and iron deficiency anemia, which is microcytic. You should be tested for other conditions, so see your doctor for details. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macrocytic anemia for elderly? If no vitamins defficiency, no RBC breakdown, no thyroid and liver problems & normal wbc

What are the causes of macrocytic anemia for elderly?  If no vitamins defficiency, no RBC breakdown, no thyroid and liver problems & normal wbc

See hematologist: As my previous answer, your dad should see a hematologist for his anemia. Work-up including a bone marrow biopsy should be done- one of the thing we should rule out is possibility of myelodysplastic syndrome. However we are not able to give you more specific answer without seeing all the complete result of previous work-up and examining your father. So, start by asking pmd to refer to hematologist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

See below: Macrocytic anemia has several causes. Most common causes are vitamins B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency, liver disease, alcohol excess. There are other less common causes. ...Read more

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What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

Depression>poor eatg: Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate (folic acid) deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome are among other causes of anemia in the elderly. Serum ferritin is the most us. ...Read more

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What are macrocytic anemia and mild absolute leukocytopenia?

Both are ways of....: Describing features of blood cells. Anemia means your red cell mass is 2 standard deviations below the lower norm for age and sex. Macrocytic means the rbcs are bigger than expected (normal red cell size falls within a normal range) and size gives us clues as to the cause of the anemia. Leukopenia means your total WBC count is below normal. A differential is really needed to interpret leukopenia. ...Read more

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What is considered abnormal retic count for a 70 yrs man with macrocytic anemia? His Hb is 9. His retic count .85% and retic shape is normal.

What is considered abnormal retic count for a 70 yrs man with macrocytic anemia? His Hb is 9. His retic count .85% and retic shape is normal.

Depends.: Retic count should be 1% with a normal Hgb. For a 70 y/o male, that would be about 13. As Hgb goes down young red cells (retics) should go up to correct the deficit. In this case about 2.5 - 3% at least. 0.85% shows poor RBC production. With macrocytosis (large RBCs) consider B12, folate (folic acid) deficiency, certain drugs, liver disease, low thyroid, myelodysplastic syndrome & other bone marrow disease ...Read more