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Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman -causes?

Extreme anemia for a 60 yr. Old woman  -causes?

Blood loss: Blood loss from the gastro intestinal tract is the most common cause. This could be due to gastritis, ulcer, hemorrhoids, diverticuli, or tumor. Nutritional deficiencies can lead to anemia as well. Cancer of the blood is another concern. Seek medical attention promptly. ...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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Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Can anemia cause women to have shorter periods?

Usually not!: Excessive menstual bleeding will cause anemia. No correlation the other way around! ...Read more

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What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

What causes chronic anemia? I am female. History of hysterectomy in 2009.

Many causes: Lack of production with bone marrow abnormalities breakdown problems due to the spleen or kidney disease. Blood loss bleeding ulcers your doctor may need to run some blood tests to start a workup. ...Read more

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For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

For 57+ female with Anemia (Hb 11.1) what are the possible causes of low ferritin (39) but decent B12 (498) ?

Menstrual blood loss: In women the commonest cause of iron deficiency anemia is excessive blood loss through menstruation. It can generally be made up by taking oral iron supplement and a multivitamin. It would be good idea to see a doctor to exclude other causes. ...Read more

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Possible causes of long-term (1O+ mo) lymphocytosis in 25yo female with iron-deficient anemia, but otherwise healthy?

Celiac Disease: One condition that could lead to reactive lymphocytosis (assuming normal flow cytometry) and iron deficient anemia is Celiac Disease. Lymphomas, specifically Hodgkisn can also cause this picture. ...Read more

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For 57+ female what are typical causes of mild anemia (Hb 10.6, RBC 3.6) & Thrombocytopenia (Pt 1.2 L) along with ~5% weight loss over 6-months ?

For 57+ female what are typical causes of mild anemia (Hb 10.6, RBC 3.6) & Thrombocytopenia (Pt 1.2 L) along with ~5% weight loss over 6-months ?

Most common: is IRON DEFICIENCY but a complete work-up is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!.... This should include a GI evaluation and COMPLETE BLOOD analysis. (Iron , B-12-folic acid)....This should be done as soon as practicable! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes a jolting pain that runs from shoulder to abdomen? I am 21 years old (female) and have diagnosed anemia- is this a side effect?

What causes a jolting pain that runs from shoulder to abdomen? I am 21 years old (female) and have diagnosed anemia- is this a side effect?

Shoulder: Or abdominal pain is not a symptom of anemia. Causes of shoulder and abdominal pain are so many that i cannot possibly cover here. A massively enlarged spleen can cause anemia, left shoulder pain, and abdominal pain, but this is a rare condition. ...Read more