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What causes a low hemoglobin level?

What causes a low hemoglobin level?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool), red blood cell instability (hemoglobinopathies), destruction (hemolysis), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (iron deficiency, for example), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Rarer causes include cancer. ...Read more

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Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Will leukemia cause low hemoglobin levels? How quickly does it progress if acute?

Unlikely: Unlikely acute leukemia, plz see a hematologist. Anemia has many causes at your age most common being iron deficiency. Acute leukemia without therapy is a fatal disease. ...Read more

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Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Do broken bones cause low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels?

Rarely: If there are fractures of large bones like femur, there may be enough bleeding into the tissue to cause a fall in hemoglobin level. ...Read more

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My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

Needs iron supplemen: Your son seems to have an iron deficiency anemia and needs iron supplement. Iron rich diet does not provide enough iron to elevate his hemoglobin level and replete iron reserve. Check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Hello, my son is 2 yr old, has a high level of LDH 355...low platelet count 190 low hemoglobin 10.8 and WBC 3.9 What could cause this? ??

Hello, my son is 2 yr old, has a high level of LDH  355...low platelet count 190 low hemoglobin 10.8 and WBC 3.9 What could cause this? ??

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, all blood cells are low and this suggests bone marrow issue. It is prudent that you discuss the matter with your son's doctor. The issue is not suitable for this forum. ...Read more

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What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D. CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.

What might cause high B12 levels? I also had low iron (long-standing anemia) and low vitamin D.  CBC was normal except mildly low hemoglobin.

B12 normal range: There is no harm in an elevated B12 level. The normal range is established based on a population study, but the physiology and diet factors that might lead to higher levels than those in the population study are not significant. Don't worry about it in the least. Get follow-up to see that the hemoglobin comes back to normal though. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

What are the health risks of low hemoglobin levels?

Find the cause: Very low hemoglobin levels will restrict your exercise tolerance, but the greatest danger of anemia is that it warns of an underlying problem. While the cause is often a woman's loss each month or during pregnancy, or non-supplementing vegetarianism, anemia may warn of cancer, ulcers, B12 deficiency which can cause brain damage, and a host of other bad things. ...Read more

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What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

What causes the body to keep having low hemoglobin.

Anemia: There are many causes of persistant anemia( low hemoglobin).To identify the exact cause, and correct it, a detailed history, physical exam, and lab work is required. ...Read more

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What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms. ...Read more

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