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Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

IDA and Fe: Iron can help improve iron deficiency anemia (ida). Usually ida is associated with red blood cells (rbcs) that are hypochromic (=pale), microcytic (small cells). However, anemia may be mutifactorial (many causes) and may result in a lab value of normocytic (normal sized) rbcs. A peripheral blood smear and iron studies (ferritin, etc) will help evaluate. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Whats a normocytic normochromic anemia?

Whats a normocytic normochromic anemia?

Normal looking cells: Normocytic means the red blood cells are normal size; normochromic means normal color (amount of hemoglobin which gives the red blood cells their red color. Anemia means you have fewer than the normal number of red blood cells. ...Read more

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How is normocytic normochromic anemia a threat to someone 's life?

How is  normocytic normochromic anemia a threat to someone 's  life?

See below: Any type of anemia can have various complications if left untreated but it depends heavily on the type of anemia and its cause. Normocytic normochromic anemia is frequently associated with an underlying chronic disease and it is very important to diagnose this disease in order to know what the complications may be and how to treat them. ...Read more

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Smear shows mild normocytic normochromic anemia. What does this mean?

Smear shows mild normocytic normochromic anemia. What does this mean?

Need more info: A mild normochromic, normocytic anemia will be diagnosed on the machine-generated counts with confirmation from the smear. It means you need a workup to find the cause, and that while things aren't severe yet in the blood, at your age it may well be the wakeup call for a treatable cancer. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for a patient with microcytic normochromic anemia?

Are there any  treatments for a patient with microcytic normochromic anemia?

Maybe: It all depends upon finding the cause- then treatment can be formulated. How important this is depends upon the severity of the anemia and all of your other medical conditions. There are many potential causes of this from early iron deficiency to drug effects to inflammation hidden or otherwise- you should be seeing a hematologist. ...Read more

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What does mild normocytic normochromic anemia for age and sex and absolute lymphopenia mean?

Anemia: Anemia refers to your hemoglobin and hematocrit (packed cell volume) levels. Essentially these tell you whether or not you have enough red blood cells. Your red cells are normal in size (normocytic) and have a normal amount of hemoglobin (normochromic). Causes include aplastic, posthemorrhagic, and hemolytic anemias and anemia of chronic disease. Lymphopenia = decreased lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

What can cause normocytic normochromic anemia in a 2-year-old female with a history of poor growth for the past ~6 months and autism?

Mgt: One consideration is chronic or systemic disease states. Has she been screened for Cystic Fibrosis? A virtual consult may be arranged so that you can upload the growth chart and lab results. ...Read more

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What does normocytic, normochromic anemia (hgb 11.5) w/increased rdw, retic and hgb F 7.1 mean in a 5 year old? I'm very concerned. Dr said not urgent

What does normocytic, normochromic anemia (hgb 11.5) w/increased rdw, retic and hgb F 7.1 mean in a 5 year old? I'm very concerned. Dr said not urgent

Not urgent means...: The doctor is saying, "Don't worry, it's not dangerous. I'll tell you if and when it's time to worry." Listen to the doctor (unless there is a valid reason not to listen to the doctor). Hgb is hemoglobin, and there are several types. If a child is growing and behaving fine, and already 5 years old, he likely has nothing urgent because he has lived happily with his hemoglobin type for 5 years. ...Read more

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How do normocytic normochromic anemia and leukemia go hand and hand?

Variable: Hi Great question, there's a deeper answer, but generally leukemias usually affect the white blood cell line, rather than the red blood cell lineage. What you're probably referring to is called "anemia of chronic disease". Elevated inflammatory mediators, like IL-6, impair both production and ability to incorporate iron into heme, which causes normocytosis and normochromia. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

Can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

No: Anemia (normochromic/cytic or not) can be a sign of leukemia (or a variety of other cancerous or non-cancerous conditions). That is it can associated with leukemia. However, it does not cause leukemia. Correlation does not equal causation. ...Read more

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58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml.Why Anemia ?

58+ F Hb 10.8, RBC "Predominantly macrocytic normochromic with macroovalocytes". Ferritin 100 ng/ml, B12 894 pg/ml, Folic Acid 12.3 ng/ml.Why Anemia ?

Hg 10.8 macrocytic: Tested methylmalonic acid? Homocystine,? they are usually elevated before B12 goes down, though your B12 is pretty normal. Are you on any medications? metformin? HIV? alcohol? Hypothyroidism, liver disease , COPD, G6PD, hemolysis, malabsorption ( usually have low B12 as well) can cause it as well. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0201/p203.html f/u/ w/ hematology ...Read more

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Does nomochromic normocytic anemia indicate renal impairment?

Not necessarily: Normocytic normochromic anemia can be caused by acute blood loss, early iron deficiency, bone marrow supression, anemia of chronic disease, anemia of renal insufficiency, anemia caused by endocrine problem etc. ...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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