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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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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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Hi when a elderly is diagnosed with mds and has no symptoms besides mild to moderate anemia .could the anemia remain stable or will it get worse.

Hi when a elderly is diagnosed with mds and has no symptoms besides mild  to moderate anemia .could the anemia remain stable or will it get worse.

Already Answered!: Send us his Lab results of CBC(Hemoglobin(Hb) level). Anemia(is low level of Hb) is likely to keep getting worse. No, it does not stay stable for more than a few months at best. So tabulate the results of last several values as well as the future values.....then you will have answer to your question. ...Read more

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What would cause anemia.

What would cause anemia.

Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the cause of anemia?

What is the cause of anemia?

3 main causes: Either one is losing blood, destroying blood or it is not being made. Losing blood (menstrual, donation, bleeding), destroying (antibody destruction), bone marrow failure/space occupying disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the hereditary causes for anemia?

Various causes: most common are hemoglobinopathies. Abnormal hemoglobin genes cause decreased production or unstable hub, such as sickle cell, thalassemia and Hgb. E. Abnormal cell membrane proteins making red cells fragile such as hereditary spherocytosis or elliptocytosis. Less common are genetic conditions that produce damaged bone marrow cells like Fanconi's anemia. ...Read more

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