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What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

See below: Macrocytic anemia has several causes. Most common causes are vitamins B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency, liver disease, alcohol excess. There are other less common causes. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Can a bleeding ulcer cause macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

Can a bleeding ulcer cause macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

Usually not: Because it causes and iron deficiency anemia, which is microcytic. You should be tested for other conditions, so see your doctor for details. ...Read more

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Is there word of normocytic hypochromic anemia present if present how was it and what are the causes?

Several: There are many causes of normocytic hypochromic anemia. The most common is iron deficiency. The first test should probably be a ferritin level to determine if the body is iron depleted. ...Read more

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Is there word of normocytic hypochromic anemia present if present how was it and what are the causes?

Simple lab test: A CBC (complete blood count) can give you all the info you speak of. The causes are many. Mild/moderate iron deficiency, decreased red cell production from a variety of causes including renal failure and chronic inflammation. If there are other cell abnormalities, the problem could be in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Can living with pets cause microcytic hypochromic anemia?

No: Microcytic hypochromic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, and should be unrelated to living with pets. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Not usually: Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism. If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a bleeding ulcer be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

Yes.: A bleeding ulcer could cause iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count). If the bleeding is severe and persists for a while, red blood cells will be small (microcytic) and have relatively less oxygen-carrying hemoglobin (hypochromic). Thanks to m. Dinapoli, med student. ...Read more

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My mom's bl. Pict. Shows mod.Absolute neutropenia, mild abs. Lymphopenia, microcytic hypochromic anemia, the platelet count 's norm., what are the causes?

My mom's bl. Pict. Shows mod.Absolute neutropenia, mild abs. Lymphopenia, microcytic hypochromic anemia, the platelet count 's norm., what are the causes?

More info needed: The most common reason for microcytic hypochromic anemia is iron defieicncy. The most common cause of low neutrophil counts and lymphopoenia can be virally associated or antibody associated. Hopefully, she is seeing a hematologist. Depending on her blood counts, she may be at risk of infection. Please make sure she is being seen properly and that oncologic issues are ruled out as well-. ...Read more

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Can you be cured when you have hypochromic anemia?

Possibly: One of the most common causes of hypochromic anemia is iron deficiency. This can be treated with iron supplementation. ...Read more

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What type of diat is recommended for suffering from microcytic hypochromic anemia?

What type of diat is recommended for suffering from microcytic hypochromic anemia?

It depends: Treating anemia with medication and/or dietary supplements depends heavily on the type and cause of anemia. The most common cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia is iron deficiency; however, other causes do exist including lead intoxication and sideroblastic anemia, therefore it is of paramount importance to consult with your physician in order to establish the exact cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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Dear professor is it possible that lead poisnoning induces normocytic-hypochromic anemia?

Possible: In lead toxicity, the CBC findings are variable. Iron deficiency anemia may coexist with lead exposure. Most typical is microcytic hypochromic anemia. ...Read more

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I want to put on some weight as I am aneamic, suffering from normocytic hypochromic anemia? Is beef the cure?

Normocytic anemia: An anemia described as normocytic (normal red cell size) and hypochromic (low iron concentration in cells) does not make a diagnosis of iron deficiency (for which beef would be one cure). Typical iron deficiency is microcytic (small cells) and hypochromic. So there is probably something else going on. Don't jump to the beef quite yet. ...Read more

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I am fif three with impaired glo toleenc and normocytic hypochromic anemia. is it dangerous? pla hep i am alone.

I am fif three with impaired glo toleenc and normocytic hypochromic anemia. is it dangerous? pla hep i am alone.

Very: I admire your courage in writing. You say you are "alone", and you describe two serious health problems facing you. The most important thing right now is to get yourself into the system that exists to care for people with health problems or who are isolated socially, no matter what the circumstances. Ask a health care worker or spiritual leader in your community to get you started. ...Read more

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My test result show Rbc:Microcytic hypochromic anemia with tear drop and pencil poikilocytes there is any problem?

Iron deficient: Likely iron deficiency. I would check iron levels, retic count, and other tests. Hope this helps. Need other tests to check for other possibilities. ...Read more

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Paitent PBS report is normocytic mild hypochromic anemia with mild leukocytosis and mild yhrombocytosis. platelets are mild increasesd 5.72 lac/cumm?

Check your iron: This implies that you may have an iron deficiency and that you've had blood loss. Your body will be able to make new blood cells but I may need iron to make hemoglobin. You may need an iron supplement. Leukocytosis and thrombocytosis often accompanied the iron deficiency anemia.of course other causes should be considered. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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What are the causes of iron deficiency anemia if I am eating plenty of iron?

Iron deficiency: Bleeding, cancer, bone marrow diseases, heavy menses, poor absorbtion etc... ...Read more

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course .Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency as well as vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia? I was diagnosed years ago, but am now being told it could be a symptom of something else more severe?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by lack of iron in the food you eat, bleeding, inability to absorb iron as in celiac disease and pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can I do to control the generalized itching I have possibly caused by iron deficiency anemia?

Antihistamines: If you have been given the diagnosis one could start by taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 6 hours. It may also be beneficial to take Zantac 150 mg daily. This is a drug for reflux and ulcers that is actually a histamine blocker. If this doesn't work confer with your physician for other options. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does whole grain product decrease absorbtion of iron and if yes how it is healthy as it may cause iron deficiency anemia ?

Phytates in grains: Whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain antioxidant compounds called "phytates." unlike other animals, we humans have no phytase to degrade these -- & they can bind to minerals like iron instead. If your diet is exclusively grains, iron deficiency could result. If your diet also includes veggies, leafy greens, vit c (increases iron absorption) foods, and meats with heme iron, you're fine. ...Read more

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Could iron deficiency anemia be from heavy menstrual cycles? I have anemia and am wondering if that could be the cause.

Absolutely: You would probably benefit from taking an iron supplement. Speak to your doctor about perhaps started birth control pills. It's actually a common reason why it is initiated in young women. The pill usually makes your period shorter and lighter, and would certainly help the anemia from getting worse. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause iron deficiency anemia?

Can hypothyroidism cause iron deficiency anemia?

Yes it can: Iron deficiency anemia is more common in people with hypothyroidism.Red blood cells production falls and it can not be corrected just by iron sup;ements, and it improves as hypothyroidism is corrected. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Can hemorrhoids be a cause of extreme iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but so: Can colon cancer. It depends on amount of bleeding, but hemorrhoids generally do not cause anemia. Get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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