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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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What is G6PD deficiency?

What is G6PD deficiency?

RBC disorder: It is an inherited enzymatic disorder of red blood cells. Most people have no symptoms. If you have it, Your red blood cells can hemolyze ( break open) which can make you severely anemic and jaundice. You have to avoid certain foods and antibiotics if you have the deficiency. Complicated disorder to discuss in this forum. Here is information: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/glucose-6-phosp ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Decreased Hemoglobin: Red blood cells (rbcs) are essentially little bags carrying lots of hemoglobin (hb). Iron is an important constituent of the hb molecule. Low iron = low hemoglobin = less packing into rbc. Since the RBC is now filled less, a microcytic anemia results. ...Read more

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Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic  anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Iron deficiency is: Usually hypo chromic. Polychromasia is seen in rapidly changing circumstances like hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

How is autoimmune hemolytic anemia diagnosed?

Bloodwork: An examination may reveal an enlarged spleen. Tests include: direct coombs' test hemoglobin in the urine indirect coombs' test red blood cell count and serum hemoglobin reticulocyte count serum bilirubin levels serum haptoglobin. ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited. ...Read more

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Normocytic hypochromic anaemia causes and symptoms?

Normocytic hypochromic anaemia causes and symptoms?

Early IDA possible: Hypochromic suggests low iron (which can be measured by ferritin, transferrin, etc). Usually this would be from blood loss. Usually iron deficiency anemia (ida) is also assoc w/ microcytic (low mcv) red blood cells (rbcs). It depends on the numbers, other tests & history, but could be early iron deficiency/blood loss &/or more than one process -- eg b12/folate deficiency & ida. See md. ...Read more

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Anemia? iron deficiency, blood loss or chronic illness? WBC 10.9, RBC 3.73, Hemo 117, Iron 10, TIBC 53, Ferritin 49, iron sat 0.19, urine protein 0.15

Anemia? iron deficiency, blood loss or chronic illness? WBC 10.9, RBC 3.73, Hemo 117, Iron 10, TIBC 53, Ferritin 49, iron sat 0.19, urine protein 0.15

Looks: Like iron deficiency green leafy vegetables are good b12 for good measure. But follow up with your doctor if you are losing body as in heavy menstrual bleeding or gi bleeding ...Read more

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Does nomochromic normocytic anemia indicate renal impairment?

Does nomochromic normocytic anemia indicate renal impairment?

Not necessarily: Normocytic normochromic anemia can be caused by acute blood loss, early iron deficiency, bone marrow supression, anemia of chronic disease, anemia of renal insufficiency, anemia caused by endocrine problem etc. ...Read more

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Could iron deficiency anemia cause missed periods?

Could iron deficiency anemia cause missed periods?

Unlikely: Iron deficiency anemia may occur due to excessive menstrual blood loss and may occasionally be associated with missed period, but if you are 4-5 days past the expected date of your period, i would recommend that you do a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia wid calcium deficiency?

Iron deficiency anemia wid calcium deficiency?

Fe -Ca: Ida is common in young menstruating females. Calcium deficiency? Quite odd at any age. Wonder if your Albumin is normal giving a falsely low calcium.... Why would anyone check a calcium in a healthy 18 yo? Maybe there is more to this story. Maybe you should talk to doc who drew your labs. ...Read more

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Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Probably excellent: If society is wise enough to provide the new hepatitis C treatment to everyone at a reasonable cost, getting rid of hepatitis C will probably benefit you greatly. You need to find out why you are iron deficient -- a workup by a competent physician is in order, checking for malabsorption, ulcer, hookworm, tumor, more. Once done this will help greatly. ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia. Current bloodwork: Transferrin 379, iron 120, TIBC 565, iron saturation 21.2. Hgb 8.9, above results still anemia??

Yes indeed: Hemoglobin 8.9 is anemia, period. Please forgive my frankness. I hope that no one is forcing you to be a non-supplementing vegetarian. If you have blood loss, either monthly or from illness, I hope the source is discovered -- it could be ulcer, cancer, hookworm, etc. If you tolerate oral iron poorly, please consider an injectable form. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

Is sickle cell anemia purely a genetic disorder?

I Don't Think So: I'm guessing a bit as to what you mean by your question. Sickle cell anemia is caused by a gene mutation on both copies of the beta globin gene. In that sense it is a genetic disease. However, a number of other factors, some of them environmental, can influence the type and severity of problems that patients with ssa have. ...Read more

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Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC ?

Does autoimmune hemolytic anemia affect WBC
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Not usually: It depends on the type of autoimmune disorder. In most cases autoimmune hemolytic anemia does not affect WBC. But some autoimmune disorders like SLE may cause hemolytic anemia and neutropenia as well. ...Read more

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Is sickle-cell anemia a recessive, sex-linked trait?

Is sickle-cell anemia a recessive, sex-linked trait?

Yes and no: Sickle cell disease is recessive; you need to inherit a sickle gene from both parents to get the disease. It is not x-linked, however; if it were it would affect only boys. Boys and girls are equally affected by sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Pelvic pain with sickle cell anemia ?

Pelvic pain with sickle cell anemia

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It is probable: Sickle cell anemia can give you both abdominal and pelvic pain when "in crises" mode. Check with a GYN MD to be sure that the pelvic pain is NOT due to a gynecological condition before it is written off as due to sickle cell anemia. ...Read more