microcytosis hypochromia

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Dr. Bac X. Nguyen answered:

my complete blood picture results note is RBCs show hypochromia, microcytosis and anisocytosis should i see a doctor or not?

Anemia of low iron?

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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
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Dr. Steven Hebert answered:

I did a complete blood picture and i found this comment RBCS show hypochromia & microcytosis also MCV low 74.1 and MCH low 24.1?

Iron def

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Sounds like Iron (Fe) deficiency anemia. Your doctor will likely want to start you on Fe suppliments.
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What is microcytosis?

Small RBCs

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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.
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What causes microcytosis?

Low Fe

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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.
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How do I treat microcytosis?

Fe supplements

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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.
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Dr. GLORIA FONG answered:

ferritin test re microcytosis without anaemia?

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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.
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Dr. Edward W. Gold answered:

What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

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Microcytosis means the red blood cells are small. This commonly occurs in iron deficiency but can be seen in a variety of hemoglobin disorders such as thalassemia.
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What's the issue when blood test is: Hemoglobin:13.4g/dl-MCV 75fl-MCH 25.2pg-MCHC 33.4g/dl-Iron 88mcg/dl.& note saying:slight microcytosis-anisocytosi?

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signs point to iron deficiency, but the Hgb is not low. Could be thalasemia trait
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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
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