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Test showed MODERATE: poikilocytes, giant platelets, microcytosis, hypochromia. Have Fe deficient anemia, dr didn't say what the other values meant?

Test showed MODERATE: poikilocytes, giant platelets, microcytosis, hypochromia. Have Fe deficient anemia, dr didn't say what the other values meant?

Blood smear: 23 year old lady with Fe deficiency anemia with smear.
You can google to learn more about these names. Poikilocytes refers to variation in the size and shape of the cells. Iron deficiency results in small red blood cells, microcytosis means small cells. Hypochromia refers to less color being seen in the cells because the heme pigment in hemoglobin contains Iron. Full workup and get treated. ...Read more

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My complete blood picture results note is rbcs show hypochromia, microcytosis and anisocytosis should I see a doctor or not?

My complete blood picture results note is rbcs show hypochromia, microcytosis and anisocytosis should I see a doctor or not?

Anemia of low iron?: Per your description, the most likely cause is iron deficiency anemia (hypochromia= less color/red than usual, microcytosis=smaller cells, anisocytosis=too many cells of different sizes). Being female of 39 (menstrual loss), I suspect this is most likely the diagnosis. Take some otc irons, avoid carbonated beverages (they bind up your irons), and consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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RBC 's shows a hypochromia & microcytosis MCV 72.6 fl & MCH 23.5 pg does deltasone (prednisone) is helpful & what dose fit?

RBC 's shows a hypochromia & microcytosis MCV 72.6 fl & MCH 23.5 pg does deltasone (prednisone) is helpful & what dose fit?

Iron deficiency: Suggesting iron deficiency, among others, if anemia is the reason for work up. Unclear to me what will be the role of steroids here. ...Read more

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My complete blood result is RBCs show hypochromia and microcytosis what that mean and is that cause dizziness, headache, and low pressure?

My complete blood result is RBCs show hypochromia and microcytosis what that mean and is that cause dizziness, headache, and low pressure?

Anemia?: These appearances of your red blood cells are consistent with iron deficiciency anema. However, these reports are less important than the numbers: RBC count, hematocrit, hemoglobin, and blood iron measurements. If you have faiirly severe anemia, it could cause dizziness and maybe headache, but probably not low blood pressure. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is microcytosis?

What is microcytosis?

Small RBCs: Microcytosis literally means small cells. In medicine, it refers to the red blood cells. Microcytic rbcs are smaller than usual and hint at an underlying problem with the cells. ...Read more

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What causes microcytosis?

What causes microcytosis?

Low Fe: Microcytic rbcs can be caused by a number of things but, by far, the most common cause is iron deficiency. This can be caused by a low dietary intake of iron, poor absorption of iron for some reason, or blood loss. In pre-menopausal, post-pubertal women, the most common cause is blood loss from monthly menstrual flow. Low iron intake exacerbates this. ...Read more

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How do I treat microcytosis?

How do I treat microcytosis?

Fe supplements: If the microcytosis is due to low iron, then increased dietary intake is part of the answer. The most absorbed form of iron is in red meat (but that has its own health problems). Unfortunately, plant-based iron is not as well absorbed in humans as in meat sources. Thus, iron tablets may be necessary (very little is absorbed). If severe or anemic, a blood transfusion or IV iron may be necessary. ...Read more

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Ferritin test re microcytosis without anaemia?

Ferritin test re microcytosis without anaemia?

Yes: Your cell volume may be small - microcystosi
ferritin test will check your stores of iron.
Most small cell volume is due to low iron levels. You may not have depleted enough to cause you to be anemic. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

See below: Several possible explanations: beta thalassemia trait, beta thalassemia minor, minimal iron deficiency, early sideroblastic anemia, minimal exposure to lead. The full results need to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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My test came with mild microcytosis & mild neutropenia with relative lymphocytosis. The doctor didn't bother to bring it up, should I be worried?

My test came with mild microcytosis & mild neutropenia with relative lymphocytosis. The doctor didn't bother to bring it up, should I be worried?

Need the numbers: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been helpful to have the actual numbers. However, your doctor is in a better position to judge your health status and it is reasonable to trust her/his judgment. ...Read more

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Mild Hypochromia - what is it?

Mild Hypochromia - what is it?

Less color in RBCs: It is a marker for iron deficiency. It can later lead to iron def anemia. Please have your PCP evaluate it ...Read more

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What is the cause of having macrocytes and hypochromia present? What is the treatment?

What is the cause of having macrocytes and hypochromia present? What is the treatment?

Macrocyte/hypochromi: Macrocytes. Causes. B12/folate deficiency. Or liver disease or myelodysplastic syndrome hypothyroidism, and increased number of reticulocytes as in hemolysis or if agglutinations of RBC may give false high MCV. Hypochromia low hgb in the RBC may be low iron. anemia of chronic disease ...Read more

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I have 1mm-2mm white and tan dots on my skin on different parts of the body? I have had them for years and slight blood hypochromasia. Is it Vitiligo?

I have 1mm-2mm white and tan dots on my skin on different parts of the body? I have had them for years and slight blood hypochromasia. Is it Vitiligo?

See derm: Vitiligo means white (depigmented) areas usually larger than just small dots. They are not raised and are not related to blood hypochromasia. I don't think the picture is typical for vitiligo given the brown spots but the description is too vague to venture a guess. A dermatologist will likely be able to make a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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20 yo son has severe mono; Trying to understand: hypochromasia +1, polychromasia +1, smudge cells present, atypical lymphoctyes 33.3%, RBC4.83, WBC15.1?

20 yo son has severe mono; Trying to understand: hypochromasia +1, polychromasia +1, smudge cells present, atypical lymphoctyes 33.3%, RBC4.83, WBC15.1?

Nothing scarry: Hypochromasia=cells with less dense color; polychromasia=cells with variation in density of color, smudge cells= look less distinct under direct exam, atypical lymphocytes= look stimulated as you would expect in mono.The percentages and number are not within expected levels for the condition. This is basically doctor jargon & just affirms the diagnosis. It is something that corrects after healing ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 5 yr old's RBC to have ovalcyts, poikilocytosis and slight hypochromia?

Is it normal for a 5 yr old's RBC to have ovalcyts, poikilocytosis and slight hypochromia?

No: See your md who drew the blood for an explanation. It is hard for me to guess as to waht is going on without seeing all the blood indices and getting a history about your son. ...Read more

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Hello dr. ...i am fatima. ....im 22 yrs old. ...recently I got test results from my university clinic. ...i m diagnosed with anisocytosis hypochromia. ....where. ..dctrs furthur refer me for hb electrophoresis. ...as being medicine student I think may it

Hello dr. ...i am fatima. ....im 22 yrs old. ...recently I got test results from my university clinic. ...i m diagnosed with anisocytosis hypochromia. ....where. ..dctrs furthur refer me for hb electrophoresis. ...as being medicine student I think may it

Can you clarify?: Relax. I've given myself anisocytosis and occasional hypochromic cells just by frequent blood donations. You need some basic iron studies and a hemoglobin electrophoresis with an eye perhaps to thal minor. If you're iron deficient, the cause needs to be found. If you have thal minor, you need advice on planning a healthy family. Relax and welcome the chance to learn. Best wishes. ...Read more

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WBC 12.9, NEUT 74%, LYMPH 17%, MONO 3%, EOS 4%, BASO 0% ATYPICAL LYMPHS FEW, ANISOCYTOSIS, POIKILOCYTOSIS, HYPOCHROMIA, BASOPHILIC STIPPLING ALL SMALL?

WBC 12.9, NEUT 74%, LYMPH 17%, MONO 3%, EOS 4%, BASO 0% ATYPICAL LYMPHS FEW, ANISOCYTOSIS, POIKILOCYTOSIS, HYPOCHROMIA, BASOPHILIC STIPPLING ALL SMALL?

Unclear question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your white cell count is okay. Red cell data would have meant more had you provided your hemoglobin level.
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