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How many different types of anemia are there?

How many different types of anemia are there?

Many: There are many types. Anemia means that there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Probably the most common type relates to bleeding, e.g., from menstrual periods, rectal bleeding, trauma, etc. Another cause is hemolytic - where red cells are destroyed. Another can be bone marrow dysfunction, where not enough red cells are produced. Another is dietary (b12 or iron deficiency). ...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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What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

What are the different types of sickle cell anemia?

Types os SIckle Cell: From nih, division of blood diseases and resources: sickle cell disease-ss: 65% of us patients; genotype s/s sickle cell disease-sc: 25% of us patients; genotype s/c sickle cell disease-s beta + thalassemia: 8% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta + thalassemia sickle cell disease-s beta 0 thalassemia: 2% of us patients; genotype betas/ beta 0 thalassemia. ...Read more

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Can i take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Can i take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Why?: There is no need to take 2 different ones. If you are iron deficient and you are absorbing the iron, take one type. Ferrous sulfate is the most common form and no reason to take more than 3 tablets a day. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Iron deficiency: There are many types of anemia caused by many types of disorders. Red blood cells require iron in order to develop properly. Without iron, we do not produce adequate numbers of cells which results in anemia. Iron deficiency needs to be explained always and requires an examination and further testing. Simply replacing iron without an investigation and or examination can result in missed diseases. ...Read more

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How many types of anemia are there? Are they divided in to groups? If so, how many and what are the names of the groups?

Complicated question: Most common is iron deficiency. That comes from blood loss another common type is anemia of chronic disease. Where your kidneys (for instance) don't produce erythropoetin. Another general type is hemolytic anemia. Blood is cleaved up. Most common cause in someone of your age group would be iron deficiency from menses. It's a huge question. Sorry this forum doesn't allow for bigger answers. ...Read more

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What are the types of anemia?

What are the types of anemia?

Different types: Bsically anemia means that you don't have enough red blood cells in your body. Main reasons: 1) blood loss - may be subtle like menstrual periods, 2) destruction of blood cells (hemolytic anemias, - various diseases and some drugs 3) not making enough blood cells (bone marrow issues - can be caused by diseases of the marrow or many drugs - including chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How many types of anemia there is?

3 basic kinds: You can lose blood (bleeding), destroy the blood cells in circulation (hemolysis) or not produce them (bone marrow problems or factor deficiencies). Each one of these has many subcategories and often they overlap. Certain lab tests and occasionally a bone marrow biopsy will usually disclose the reason. ...Read more

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Are some types of anemia inherited?

Are some types of anemia inherited?

Yes, several are: Several types of anemia ("low blood", low hemoglobin) are genetic and inherited from one or both parents. Thalassemia is one example, and is quite common. Carriers have mutations on one chromosome and are mild to moderately anemic. Carriers often don't know they are carriers unless a doctor has checked blood tests. A fetus with mutations on both chromosomes may die from severe anemia before birth. ...Read more

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