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Microchromic 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
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
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.
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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
Having microcytic anemia my hb is 11.1 how different will the symptoms have been if my cells were normocytic.
No difference: Your symptoms depend on hemoglobin level not the size of red cells. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I was diagnosed with microcytic anemia due to heavy menstruation. Pbs shows few atypical lymphocytes. No blast seen. Could this be a reaction related?
Yes: One can see a lot of blood abnormalities in iron deficiency. Depending on how severe, it can be mistaken for other disorders. ...Read more
Hi, I made CBC and this is the "MILD HYPOCHROMIC MICROCYTIC ANEMIA. MILD PMN LEUCOCYTOSIS. RELATIVE LYMPHOPENIA" Haemoglobin 10.8 Haematocrit (PCV) 34.3 RBCs 4.47 MCV 76.7 MCH 24.2 MCHC 31.5 RDD-CV 14.5 PLATELET 475 TOTAL LEUCOCYTIC COUNT 13.1
Iron deficiency: The anemia is most consistent with iron deficiency. Another cause could be thalassemia. the high WBC count and PMN leucocytosis may indicate inflammation or infection. The high platelet count can be seen in iron deficiency anemia and/or bleeding. Iron deficiency is common among women of menstrual age and who have had children. Speak with your doctor regarding further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more
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Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver
artichokes, black strap molasses
iron-enriched cereals and grains
dried fruit (prunes, raisins
iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more
Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more
Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more
Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more
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