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My neighbor was admited hospital for malaria, at d same time its found tht she had anemia, can that be life threatening situation?

My neighbor was admited hospital for malaria, at d same time its found tht she had anemia, can that be life threatening situation?

Depends: Depends on what parasite. Falciparum malaria is the most dangerous type and can be life threatening. Red blood cells that are infected with the parasite tend to cause sludging of the blood which can lead to injury to the brain, kidneys, lungs nd other organs. The other types can make one feel like they have the flu. Hope this helps.

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Is anemia from B12 deficiency a life-threatening condition?

Is anemia from B12 deficiency a life-threatening condition?

Not if treated: It takes a very long time for you to get near death from B12 deficiency. The treatment is so simple and effective, why chance it?

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3yr old has mild anemia and developed the 5th disease rash, is this life threatening since she is anemic??? I'm panicking

3yr old has mild anemia and developed the 5th disease rash, is this life threatening since she is anemic??? I'm panicking

Be calm, 5th's dz: Is a common viral infection seen in children. It is caused by parvovirus. Anemia shouldn't affect the course of the infection which is self-liming, but My question is why is your child anemic. I would focus on good supportive care, lots of fluids, prune juice good for anemia and foods high in iron. But discuss with your pediatrician. Hope that helps

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I have severe anemia which could be causing my rare heart disease (IST). I have had severe anemia for 2 years or more. When is it life threatening?

I have severe anemia which could be causing my rare heart disease (IST). I have had severe anemia for 2 years or more. When is it life threatening?

Anemia.: Our bodies have mechanisms for oxygen delivery to compensate for progressive anemia. But it's been suggested that below a hemoglobin of 4 that these mechanisms break down. So a hemoglobin below 4 is generally not considered compatible with sustaining life.

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Can iron deficiency anemia become life-threatening if it's not treated immediately?

Not really: Iron deficiency anemia from a poor diet takes a long time to develop. If the anemia is due to bleeding, then of course it can come on quickly and be severe.

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I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

I've anemia, kidney failure (3), gout. Is there way to treat anemia w/o upsetting the gout and kidney? Is the anemia life threatening w/o treatment?

Potentially: Yes, anemia can potentially be life threatening if your blood count drops low enough. There are multiple reasons a person with renal failure can have anemia. Addressing it is usually a multi pronged approach. I would discuss directly with your doctor.

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements.

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count. Many potential causes that need investigation.

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What ia anemia?

Low blood hemoglobin: Anemia is low blood hemoglobin (red blood cell part). It can be caused from many things, but particularly blood loss in menstruation from women and from cancer in the colon, or kidney disease.

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What is anemia?

Low red blood cells: Anemia is a low number of red blood cells. The most common reason is low iron stores, but there are many other causes. In any case, if someone is anemic they need to find out why

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Is anemia cureble?

Is anemia cureble?

There are many ways: The therapeutic approach taken depends upon the underlying cause, and causes of anemia are many and varied. They can result from impaired rbc production (eg., nutritional deficiencies, marrow infiltration, etc), hematoma, blood loss (gi bleed, hemorrhage, epistaxis, etc.), hemolysis, thalassemia, hemoglobinopathies, etc. Do you have a specific cause that you would like information about re: rx?

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr.

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What causes anemia?

Different causes: Anemia is a general term essentially meaning a low red blood cell count. There are lots of causes of different types of anemia. Iron deficiency is one of the more common types. A B12 deficiency can cause a different type. Your doctor can runs tests to try to determine a specific cause. If the problem remains, the patient should see a hematologist.

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr.

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What causes anemia?

Many reasons: It coul be so many reasons including low iron, b12, fa etc.

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How is anemia treated?

How is anemia treated?

Depends on cause: Anemia is a broad diagnosis and treatment is based on the cause and severity of the condition. The most common cause is iron deficiency from chronic blood loss (menstruation, gastrointestinal) which is treated with iron replacement. Always check with your doctor since other important work-up may be needed to address more serious problems.

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What is anemia/enimic?

This is the: Term for a low number of red blood cells. There are dozens of causes.

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What exactly is anemia?

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). A hematologist can help.

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What are signs of anemia?

What are signs of anemia?

Depends on severity: The signs would depend on the severity of the anemia. It could be without any significant sign or symptom- when the anemia is very mild- and anemia is only shown up by slight decrease level of hemoglobin. When it is more severe- one may look pale, decrease blood pressure, increase heart rate and symptoms wold be more obvious such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest discomfort etc.

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