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Doctor insights on: Microchromic Microcytic Anemia

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What is microcytic anemia?

What is microcytic anemia?

SMALLER THAN: Normal red cells (''micro" cytic).
This is more times than not associated with iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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What is microcytic anemia and how is it caused?

What is microcytic anemia and how is it caused?

Several causes: Microcytic anemia means that the red blood cell count is low, and that the red blood cells are small. This is most common in iron deficiency anemia and in thalassemia (a hereditary form of anemia). It may also be seen in less common forms of anemia. ...Read more

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What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Smaller & paller RBC: Anemia where the RBC look smaller in size and paller- due to decrease hemoglobin content in the rbc. Can be found in iron deficiency anemia, also in Alpha or beta thalassemia minor for instance. ...Read more

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I have hypochromic and microcytic anemia?

I have hypochromic and microcytic anemia?

Iron: Most common cause of hypochromic microcytic anemia is iron deficiency in the us. This is particularly true in females. Please discuss with your doctor about getting iron studies and possibly treatment if necessary. There are hemoglobinopathies which can also cause this, but less commonly. ...Read more

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What meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

What meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Causes?: Before treating the 2 types of anemia you are describing, the causes of the anemia need to be diagnosed. Pernicious anemia has an autoimmune basis and would be treated by injectable b 12. The microcytic anemia could be caused from heavy menstrual cycles to potentially a colon cancer where blood would be lost causing the anemia. So treatment could simply be iron or more based on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Do you know if there are meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Yes: You need to consult a doctor to ascertain what type of anemia you have to take appropriate treatment. The treatments for the various types of anemias are different.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Can you tell me if there are meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Yes: But depends, usually pernicious anemia is macrocytic, but you have microcytic, so you need to know why microcytic, due to iron def also or thalassemia, ?, general for pernicious anemia you have to take B12 injection, provided that Folic Acid is normal, if low must get suppliment also. ...Read more

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Is mild microcytic anemia can cause shortness of breathe?!

Probably not: While severe anemia causes sob, I cannot imagine a mild case causing such issues in an otherwise healthy 22 yo. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Yes: Microcytic anemia means a person is anemic, and part of the reason is that his red blood cells are quite small. Beta thalassemia is just one of the causes of microcytic anemia. Microcytic anemia can also be caused by iron deficiency, Alpha thalassemia, etc... ...Read more

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Do doctors know of meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Sounds: Complicated. Pernicious anemia is macrocytic, so more than one problem here. Talk with your personal physician for specific guidance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Usually iron: There are multiple causes of hypochromic microcytic anemia, iron deficiency is the commonest cause and it is treated with oral or intravenous iron supplements.
Anemia of chronic disease and thalassemia require different approaches. ...Read more

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Is polychromasia typically associated with microcytic anemia (iron deficient anemia)?

Iron deficiency is: Usually hypo chromic. Polychromasia is seen in rapidly changing circumstances like hemolytic anemia. ...Read more

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Is it possible the presence of few atypical lymphocytes in pbs is related to microcytic anemia?

Is it possible the presence of few atypical lymphocytes in pbs is related to microcytic anemia?

Not likely: Atypical lymphocytes may have to do with a viral infection, seen on peripheral blood smear (pbs). Microcytic anemia is a type of anemia where the size of the red blood cells are smaller th an normal; causes would include iron deficiency, thalassemia, lead poisoning, or some form of hemolytic anemia. Are you a med student? ...Read more

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Help docs, is hypochromic microcytic anemia a kind of skin disease?

Help docs, is hypochromic microcytic anemia a kind of skin disease?

Not skin-but blood: Hypochromic microcytic anemia is a blood disorder that typically occurs due to iron deficiency, but may also be seen with some genetic conditions known as thalassemia. Iron deficiency can be caused by blood loss (often not detected by patient in GI tract) and/or inadequate dietary intake. It is not a skin disease. I recommend that you see your doctor to determine the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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17 years female of stunted growth with 1ry amenorrhea & no sexuall charcter (high ESR & microcytic anemia)?

17 years female of stunted growth with 1ry amenorrhea & no sexuall charcter (high ESR & microcytic anemia)?

Endocrinologist: There are so many possibilities for the cause. It is important that you consult with a reproductive endocrinologist to have the cause of your symptoms evaluated. Most gyn's are not trained to do this type of evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia a microcytic anemia?

Decreased Hemoglobin: Red blood cells (rbcs) are essentially little bags carrying lots of hemoglobin (hb). Iron is an important constituent of the hb molecule. Low iron = low hemoglobin = less packing into rbc. Since the RBC is now filled less, a microcytic anemia results. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a normal hemoglobin but low MCH and mchb and platelet count of 482 to be considered microcytic anemia?

Is it possible to have a normal hemoglobin but low MCH and mchb and platelet count of 482 to be considered microcytic anemia?

Yes: A low mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (mchc), even in the absence of a low mean corpuscular volume (MCV) or low rbc count can be a sign of a evolving microcytic anemia. Microcytosis can be caused by iron deficiency (check ferritin level) or thallesemia (check hemoglobin electrophoresis). Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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High platelet 499/450. Diagnosed wth microcytic anemia. Presence of few atypical lymphocytes in smear. No blast noted. Could ths be natural reaction?

Varies: Full dose aspirin: 3-5 days baby aspirin: 1-2 days plavix: 7 days. Coumadin: 5-7 days. Heparin: 2-3 hours. Lovemox: 12 hours. These are approximations. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can macrocytic anemia be due to colon cancer? Mcv 103 and hemoglobin 9.8 for old male. I know only microcytic anemia aan be due to colon cancer?

Can macrocytic anemia be due to colon cancer? Mcv 103 and hemoglobin 9.8 for old male. I know only microcytic anemia aan be due to colon cancer?

Yes it depends: You are right that anemia from blood loss like from colon cancer is typically microcytic with a low MCV but the MCV in your case is not high enough to suspect a typical macrocytic anemia like one due to B12 deficiency. Yet we can have a mixed picture. At the moment we are only guessing all this till you have the right investigating/testing done. So I would check your B12 level and bone marrow exam. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

Too few healthy red blood cells due to too little ...Read more