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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

Chronic Inflammation: There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis. The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a transfusion.

In a person 72 with Rheumatoid arthritis    and anemia ,how low does someone's blood count have to go before they need a  transfusion.

Depends: If the hemoglobin falls slowly, the body make adjustments to the change. If the person does not have symptoms, such as shortness of breath, medical treatment may be given rather than transfusion. The usual trigger for transfusion is hemoglobin of less than 7.0 gm/dL. ...Read more

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downs,systemic rheumatoid arthritis, anemia tsh t4 normal has thyriod antibodies hyperthyroid why

  downs,systemic rheumatoid arthritis, anemia tsh t4 normal has thyriod antibodies hyperthyroid why

Autoimmune disorders: like Rheumatoid Arthritis, diabetes & thyroiditis have an ^ed incidence in children with Down Syndrome (DS). A normal Free T4 & ^ed Ultrasensitive TSH indicates sub-clinical HYPOthyroidism that can become clinical. Macrocytosis, large RBC's, in infants with DS remains lifelong in 2/3rds. It can be associated with anemia from low Vitamin B12 & Folate (folic acid) or iron levels, hypothyroidism or leukemia. ...Read more

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How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause tachycardia?

Rarely: The pain of the joints and tendon are more likely to cause tachycardia then RA directly. ...Read more

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Does rheumatoid arthritis cause thrombocytosis?

Yes: We sometimes see you thrombocytosis in very active rheumatoid arthritis. It can be a clue as to how active the arthritis is. When we see it we look for other reasons as well as active ra. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?does rheumatoid arthritis cause CKD?

Age at dx & prognosi: JRA is diagnosed under age 16 Both are an inflammatory disorder that cause joint swelling and stiffness. Children may experience symptoms for a short time and recover completely or they may have a lifetime of symptoms. Adults usually don't experience complete absence of symptoms after dx. RA itself does not cause chronic kidney disease but some of the medications used for RA may impact kidneys ...Read more

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What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

What causes a rheumatoid arthritis to show up?

We don't know....: Prior infectious mononucleosis appears to be necessary. Age and sex are important. Uncommon before 18, usually age of onset 35, and 7-10 x more likely in women than men. The cxuase remanes unknown. Good treatments exist to put virtually all patients in remission. ...Read more

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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that can affect internal organs including the pleura ( lining around the lungs). It it occurs, the result is rheumatoid pleurisy. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more