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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)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...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?

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

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Can my low iron anemia cause my period not to come? Or to delay? Can my period be affected? Does anemia affect fertile in women?

No: Anemia does not stop a period, the period makes anemia worse, anemia does not cause infertility. Irregular cycles can be heavier and cause anemia, considering the pill will help the anemia, and you need your blood in pregnancy, you may ovulate more regularly the if you take the pill a few months and stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

Mgt: One consideration is chronic or systemic disease states. Has she been screened for Cystic Fibrosis? A virtual consult may be arranged so that you can upload the growth chart and lab results. ...Read more

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What can cause gastroparesis other than diabetes? Positive ana, vit d deficient, anemia, severe constipation age 35 woman

What can cause gastroparesis other than diabetes? Positive ana, vit d deficient, anemia, severe constipation age 35 woman

See GI: For an issue such as this, i assume you are seeing a gastroenterologist. I will comment only on the ANA which is my expertise. By itself, it does not diagnose any condition and may be totally unrelated. However, an ANA positive disease in my field that comes to mind is scleroderma. It is a skin hardening condition which can involve the esophagus, stomach, and intestine. It would be a rare cause. ...Read more

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Cause of Anemia in female (57) where Hb(10.6), PCV (33), RBC(3.6), Platelet (1.2L) & ESR (52) while WBC (5.9K), MCV(93), MCH(29.5) & MCHC(31.6).

Cause of Anemia in  female (57) where Hb(10.6), PCV (33), RBC(3.6), Platelet (1.2L) & ESR (52) while WBC (5.9K), MCV(93), MCH(29.5) & MCHC(31.6).

Needs medical check: Anemia can be caused by many different conditions. The common causes are from bleeding from GI tract or reduced production of RBCs in the bone marrow. This person should go see her regular physician(if she has one) as he/she may have previous record of her Hb which will help to know if this is a chronic condition or something new that will require further testing to look for a cause. ...Read more

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Does low iron anemia contribute to constipation and cause dry mouth? Once fixed by surgery, will more saliva and deficating occur? 23year old female

Does low iron anemia contribute to constipation and cause dry mouth? Once fixed by surgery, will more saliva and deficating occur? 23year old female

See details: What issue gets 'fixed' by surgery? Iron deficiency is not related to either issue although the problem that causes the iron deficiency may also cause constipation. ...Read more

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Can ~5% weight loss over 6-months be caused by nutritional iron deficiency anemia (Hb 11.1, PCV 35.4, RBC 3.75, Ferritin 39) for 57+ yr female ?

Can ~5% weight loss over 6-months be caused by nutritional iron deficiency anemia (Hb 11.1, PCV 35.4, RBC 3.75, Ferritin 39) for 57+ yr female ?

Here are some...: Hi! SaikatD, I assumed you asked this Q for someone (a 57+-yo female - mother?) you love and care. To deduce how these test findings may be significant to her, one has to review her detailed history of the specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of her symptoms, signs, general health, and lifestyle + findings of physical exam + testing as needed. How? To http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Different causes: Anemia is a general term essentially meaning a low red blood cell count. There are lots of causes of different types of anemia. Iron deficiency is one of the more common types. A B12 deficiency can cause a different type. Your doctor can runs tests to try to determine a specific cause. If the problem remains, the patient should see a hematologist. ...Read more

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