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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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