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What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

What does it mean to have microcytosis without anemia?

See below: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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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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What can cause anemia?

Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well. ...Read more

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What does anemia mean?

Low red blood cells: Anemia refers to having inadequate number of red blood cells (RBCs). One could be anemic for several reasons: 1) iron deficiency 2) genetic disorders involving hemoglobins (sickle cell disease, thalassemia), 3) blood loss or destruction of RBCs (hemolysis) 4) dysfunction of bone marrow (e.g. aplastic anemia). If you are anemic, it is important to find out what is causing it. ...Read more

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How can I develop anemia?

How can I develop anemia?

Red blood cells: Anemia happens when you do not have enough red blood cells and hemoglobin. It may be a production problem in the bone marrow or you may have chronic blood loss. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. ...Read more

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How to help my son anemia?

Can you be more...: Specific? We'd like to be helpful to you but need more information about your son's specific situation to give you pertinent facts and advice on next steps. ...Read more

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What can I take for anemia?

Treat the Cause: Go see a doctor who can figure out why you have anemia. Then there may be a way to fix the cause and the anemia can be controlled or even eliminated but it all depends on what is the cause of your Anemia??? ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more

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Anemia; is ethnicity a factor?

Sometimes: Anemia is sometimes much more likely is certain ethnicities. These anemias include sickle cell and thalassemia minor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anemia?

Symptoms: You might have anemia if you are pale, very tired all the time, on chemotherapy, on dialysis or have obvious external bleeding including black tarry stools. For any of these see your family doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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