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What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

See below: Microcytosis means the red blood cells are small. This commonly occurs in iron deficiency but can be seen in a variety of hemoglobin disorders such as thalassemia.

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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Test showed MODERATE: poikilocytes, giant platelets, microcytosis, hypochromia. Have Fe deficient anemia, dr didn't say what the other values meant?

Test showed MODERATE: poikilocytes, giant platelets, microcytosis, hypochromia. Have Fe deficient anemia, dr didn't say what the other values meant?

Blood smear: 23 year old lady with Fe deficiency anemia with smear. You can google to learn more about these names. Poikilocytes refers to variation in the size and shape of the cells. Iron deficiency results in small red blood cells, microcytosis means small cells. Hypochromia refers to less color being seen in the cells because the heme pigment in hemoglobin contains Iron. Full workup and get treated.

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What can cause anemia?

Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well.

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated.

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Can anemia cause pain to occur?

Possible: Many people get aches and cramps in their legs when they are anemic and can be an early sign. If there are other pathologies, such as peripheral vascular disease, then it can cause an increase in pain as well. There is also weak evidence in the literature suggesting anemia can make fibromyalgia pain worse. I hope that helps!

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Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Can you tell me the types and causes of anemia?

Multiple: Iron deficiency (microcytic hypochromic) is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency (macrocytic), chronic disease like infection or cancer (normocytic normochromic), genetic conditions (thalassemia), certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment.

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What are the severities caused because of anemia?

Anemia: Anemia is a condition when hemoglobin level is below the normal range. It can be caused by many things- i.e. Bleeding, iron, vit B12 deficiency, red blood cell destruction, , bone marrow failure etc. It can be so severe- such as in massive bleeding- and people do die from massive bleeding if bleeding can't be controlled. In chronic case- heart failure, other organ dysfunction/failure can happen.

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What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

What is anemia and can it cause you to be hopitalized?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Can need hospitalization depending on cause.

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Can childbirth cause anemia?  

Can childbirth cause anemia?  

Anemia: Yes. The fetus during pregnancy draws many substances from the mother, one of which is iron. If the mother has a poor intake of iron, then she is prone to iron deficience anemia. Also if the mother has a large amount of blood loss during delivery, this can cause anemia.

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Does anemia cause dermatitis?

Does anemia cause dermatitis?

Possibly associated: Anemia itself should not cause dermatitis; however, the cause of anemia may be associated--as an inflammatory process, which interferes with iron absorption. Check with your doctor.

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How can hookworms cause anemia?

How can hookworms cause anemia?

Yes: They hook onto the bowel wall leading to blood loss. They also cause protein loss. In children, it can slow growth and mental development.

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Can being on Oxygen cause anemia?

No: Look for another cause. Anemia is always serious and a cause needs to be sought without delay.

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Can 5th disease cause anemia in 3yr old?

Fifth's disease: Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, is a viral illness caused by human parvovirus B19. Parvovirus B19 commonly causes a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and, less commonly, fever, headaches, sore throat and joint pain. In some cases fifth disease can cause anemia. In healthy individuals, this anemia is mild and only lasts a short period of time.

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