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Hemoglobin Infusion Therapy
Do I qualify for a iron infusion therapy with a hemoglobin of 9 and iron of 21 L and iron sat of 5L?
First things first: You must ask first why you are iron deficient. Heavy periods? Pregnancies? Could you be pregnant now? Non-supplementing vegetarian? Bleeding stomach ulcer / cancer? Iron infusions are not for casual use, though they are easier on the gut than iron tablets. There are injectable forms too. Do yourself a favor and focus on the big picture. ...Read more
How low must one's iron level be in order to be given Iron Infusion Injections?? My hemoglobin is at 9.6. Is this critically low or not too bad?
Your hemoglobin is low but no where near critically low. Try taking oral iron and multivitamins. If after doing that for six months, there is no improvement, then it would be time to discuss intravenous iron treatment with your doctor.
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Its a bit varied but 3-4 weeks is reasonable. In other words get the Hgb tested in a month.
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Is 17.3 g/dl of hemoglobin and 50.5 percent of hematocrit levels dangerous if on testostetone therapy?
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Bw came &dr refer to hemo for infusions said tcib 345 uibc 330 iron serum 15, saturation 4 & ferritin was 7. Hemoglobin 10.1. Is this low Y infusion?
It depends/clarify,,: Your tibc and uibc are in range while your iron and ferritin are not. Depending on your reference ranges for the lab, they should be 50-170 ug/dL or 9.0-30.4 umol/L for iron in females and 15-150 ug/dL for ferritin in females. The hemoglobin is also somewhat low though not much. These would point to a deficiency of iron in the blood. More tests are needed to see if this is iron anemia. ...Read more
Is 8 weeks of iron infusions enough? Ater this time hemoglobin decreased to 7.6. As a result, I had a blood transfusion.
Something's wrong: If iron infusions over eight weeks didn't fix your anemia, it's either not due to iron deficiency or you still have serious blood loss. I also see that somebody is giving you vitamin B12 for whatever reason. Please forgive my frankness. If there is not a misunderstanding, please get with a hematologist. ...Read more
I am on Actermra for Scleritis and have 10 for my hemoglobin level, is that too low to do next infusion and when too low and need transfusion?
Hemoglobin level: Most centers will not transfuse a stable non bleeding patient with a hemoglobin over 7. Speak with your doctor if you are having symptoms due to anemia. I know Acterma can cause decreased platelets and WBC but I did not know it caused anemia too. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more
More info needed: There are many different types of hemoglobins that are inherited, some varieties are mild diseases, some much more complex...You will need some tests to fully answer the question. The normal hemoglobin molecule carries the oxygen our tissues needs for life so it is really at the center of a lot of important activity. ...Read more
If 5 months pregnant w/ hemoglobin 9.0 and taking iron tablets and still very tired, should iron infusion be given?
My hemoglobin is at 2 and I don't want a blood transfusion so my pcp recommended iron infusion. Will it help?
Blood transfusion: Blood transfusion is recommended for Hemoglobin less than 6g/dl except in exceptional circumstances. In your case Hemoglobin is 2 and this is an indication of blood transfusion. ...Read more
I am a 38 year old woman with ulcerative colitis and anemia. My hemoglobin is 7.9? Would iron infusions be effective?
Hello ~ see attached article. I would think this is quite rare and a/c to article has no clinical consequence and requires no treatment. If you are concerned schedule an appointment with a pediatric Heme-Onc specialist thanks
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC322364/ ...Read more
Treatments dpend upo:
Low blood can be due to either a leak in your body or a decrease in production activity. Think of the blood as the amount of water in a bath tub. The level of blood will decrease as you open the drain and while the faucet is shut down.
For iron, low iron from frequent heavy cramps. Low B12 & folate (folic acid) due to poor nutrition. Go see your family doc regarding your concerns. ...Read more
W/u & phlebotomy: You should go to see a hematologist to get more work-up to find out the cause of your polycythemia and you definitely will need to get phlebotomy now. If this is a bone marrow problem- phlebotomy is the treatment. If this is caused by other conditions- like lung, kidney/liver problems, drugs etc- the treatment is to fix the underlying condition. Go to see a hematologist-or er if you have symptoms. ...Read more
You're anemic: There are dozens of common causes of anemia and the cause in your case must be found and addressed. Insist on a full explanation from your physician and if you are not satisfied, get a consult. I am less worried right now about a slightly low blood sugar, but if it's extreme or you feel ill, an explanation's required. ...Read more
Hemoglobin 23, hematocrit 69 in my child age 7.5. Going for phlebotomy for 2 weeks. Very slow progress. What is the treatment I am worried. Advice?
Polycythemia: Any condition that causes an increase in red blood cell production by the bone marrow will cause an elevated hematocrit. A serious form of this is called poylcythemia vera, other conditions include living in high altitudes, tumors, heart&lung problems, etc. Specific treatment depends on the underlying cause. Do you know the official diagnosis? A more specific answer can be provided if you do. ...Read more
Uc flare. Symptoms bleeding for about a year. 1 bm a day, less than a spoon blood. Hemoglobin 15. Is this loss too much? Starting treatment next week.
My friend mother is having very low hemoglobin the ratio is one. What is the immidiate treatment for this?
My father had blood tests. Hemoglobin and red blood cell counts low but ferritin, iron, b12 normal. Doctor said he has anemia. Treatment?
Find the cause: There are over 100 different causes of anemia. Dad has a bleeding stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise; yes, iron and ferritin can be normal early-on when this is happening. History and physical, reticulocyte count, stool guaiac, a look at the peripheral blood smear by someone who's good at it comes next. Glad you're there for Dad. ...Read more
My wife has underactive thyroid and also lack of hemoglobin. Treatment has been continuing for 25 days but she suffers from hair loss. What's reason
Multiple causes: If she's only 21 years old and has anemia, the source of her anemia needs to be discovered and corrected. Most commonly in females, it it is due to heavy menstrual bleeding. Either way, anemia of any source can cause hair loss. Given her anemia, she should have her iron levels checked and possibly take iron supplements if needed. Similarly low thyroid hormones can cause hair loss. ...Read more
That depends: If you have true iron deficiency anemia, you'll know your iron injection is helping you before the hemoglobin goes up, and your labs will confirm this. If it is not a true iron deficiency, it won't touch you anemia. I see that you have had a recent blood transfusion; as a pathologist and sometime blood banker, transfusion is a treatment of last resort and you need to be told why it was given. ...Read more
Have had iron infusion due to ida and possible crohn's. Not anaemic now however CBC results show haemoglobin decreased from 13.6 to 13 in 7 days?
Not significant: That is not a big drop. I would not be worried by this. If they check your blood in a week, it will probably be different. Hope this helps. ...Read more
To help with pain:
Ketamine infusion can be used in the operating room during surgery to decrease the need for narcotics after surgery. It can also be used for complex regional pain syndrome.
Ketamine should only be prescribed by physicians who can deal with possible airway complications. Ketamine can cause hallucinations. ...Read more
Is infusion therapy for non responsive chronic migraine a tested, safe and efficacious therapy? Are the benefits temporary or long lasting?
Infusion therapy: If the patient is rebounding, inpatient management or ambulatory infusion treatment may be required. It is safe, evidence based and effective in the majority cases. Major concerns are: comorbid medical illness that may require monitoring and allows only short-term follow-up. I use modified Meyers cocktail for my patients. Good luck. ...Read more
Can I be treated with intravenous infusion therapy for PID, when I have a heart problem? Is injection therapy more recommended?
No problem: There are no heart conditions likely to cause any problem with IV treatment with antibiotics or anything else. Hundreds of kinds of infusion therapy are used all the time in people with all kinds of heart disease. As I said in response to your other questions, ask your doctor! ...Read more