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Microcytic Anemia Treatment
To know why?: The treatment for iron deficiency is iron replacement- that can be in oral form or intravenous form if one can't tolerate iron tablet or does not respond to oral iron. Most importantly, is actually to know why you have iron deficiency anemia ( GI bleeding? Heavy menses? Malabsorprtion etc) and to address the main problem. See your md and have further eval to find the cause of your iron deficiency. ...Read more
It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...Read more
After beginning treatment for iron deficiency anemia (45mg elemental iron 1x/day), what should follow-up be? A CBC with iron, ferritin? How soon?
Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?
Yes: Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more
Iron deficiency anemia, I have severe anxiety, brain fog and depression. What is the best treatment for this?
Treatment needs to : Be individualized. Recommend a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation for accurate assessment. The treatment plan will be based on this. ...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
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
High platelet 499/450..Diagnosed wth microcytic anemia. Presence of few atypical lymphocytes in smear. No blast noted. Could ths be natural reaction?
Hi, I made CBC and this is the "MILD HYPOCHROMIC MICROCYTIC ANEMIA.MILD PMN LEUCOCYTOSIS.RELATIVE
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
Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more
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