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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Microcytic Anaemia

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What is microcytic anemia and how is it caused?

What is microcytic anemia and how is it caused?

Several causes: Microcytic anemia means that the red blood cell count is low, and that the red blood cells are small. This is most common in iron deficiency anemia and in thalassemia (a hereditary form of anemia). It may also be seen in less common forms of anemia. ...Read more

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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 living with pets cause microcytic hypochromic anemia?

No: Microcytic hypochromic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, and should be unrelated to living with pets. ...Read more

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Is mild microcytic anemia can cause shortness of breathe ?!

Is mild  microcytic anemia can cause shortness of breathe ?!

Probably not: While severe anemia causes sob, i cannot imagine a mild case causing such issues in an otherwise healthy 22 yo. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Not usually: Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism. If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a bleeding ulcer be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Yes.: A bleeding ulcer could cause iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count). If the bleeding is severe and persists for a while, red blood cells will be small (microcytic) and have relatively less oxygen-carrying hemoglobin (hypochromic). Thanks to m. Dinapoli, med student. ...Read more

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My mom's bl. Pict. Shows mod.Absolute neutropenia, mild abs. Lymphopenia, microcytic hypochromic anemia, the platelet count 's norm., what are the causes?

My mom's bl. Pict. Shows mod.Absolute neutropenia, mild abs. Lymphopenia, microcytic hypochromic anemia, the platelet count 's norm., what are the causes?

More info needed: The most common reason for microcytic hypochromic anemia is iron defieicncy. The most common cause of low neutrophil counts and lymphopoenia can be virally associated or antibody associated. Hopefully, she is seeing a hematologist. Depending on her blood counts, she may be at risk of infection. Please make sure she is being seen properly and that oncologic issues are ruled out as well-. ...Read more

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Hi, What is the meaning of Chronic Microcytic Anaemia. Many thanks.

Hi, What is the meaning of Chronic Microcytic Anaemia. Many thanks.

Microcytic anaemia: Anaemia means low haemoglobin or less red cells than usual . It can be different kinds depending on how cells look under microscope- microcytic ( small cells ), macrocyclic ( large cells ), normocytic ( normal cells ). Microcytic anaemia can be due to less iron , thyroid issues, lead poisoning, thallasemia ( genetic disorder ), or certain diseases. http://patient.info/health/anaemia-leaflet ...Read more

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What is the difference of hypochromic microcytic anaemia from achrestic anaemia?

What is the difference of hypochromic microcytic anaemia from achrestic anaemia?

A short answer: Hypochromic microcytic anemia is usually due to not enough iron available to make hemoglobin. Sidero-achrestic anemia has iron available but can not incorporate into hemoglobin in bone marrow. It is associated with abnormal ringed sideroblastic red cells in blood, and can also be hypochromic microcytic. Another form of achrestic anemia is a chronic progressive macrocytic anemia. ...Read more

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I just received my blood test results which showed a ca-125 reading of 35. The blood test results showed hyper chromic microcytic anaemia.

I just received my blood test results which showed a ca-125 reading of 35. The blood test results showed hyper chromic microcytic anaemia.

Benign: A Ca 125 of 35 was found to be a useful cutoff point, with 99% of healthy women having values less than 35. Levels above 35 units are certainly seen in healthy women, but beyond the cutoff point of 35, the higher the value, the more likely there is trouble. With ovarian cancer, the levels measure in hundreds. Depends on what you are looking for. Repeat the test. You probably need some iron tabs. ...Read more

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Daughter has tested positive for CMV and EBV IgM. Also microcytic anaemia with iron deficiency. Previously had RSV and adenovirus. Related to anaemia?

Daughter has tested positive for CMV and EBV IgM. Also microcytic anaemia with iron deficiency. Previously had RSV and adenovirus. Related to anaemia?

Hard to say: It is relatively common for a 1 yo to be a bit on the anemic side. Recurrent illness does increase metabolic demands on their system and they have been growing at a rate that can outpace their dietary intake of iron.A simple addition of proper medicinal iron can improve the anemia and working on diet can eliminate it in the future. With better iron levels their immune system also works better. ...Read more