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I have pernicious anemia and reoccurring staph infections. My hematologist referred me to an immunologist as the anemia is unrelated. What is wrong?
Unlikely to happen: Lead is a competitive binder for some of the factors in blood production and when it is circulating in a patient with lead exposure it can/will cause anemia.Treatment can remove some lead but other metabolically inactive lead may be locked away in bones.It is not a factor in future blood production. ...Read more
Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are many ways: The therapeutic approach taken depends upon the underlying cause, and causes of anemia are many and varied. They can result from impaired rbc production (eg., nutritional deficiencies, marrow infiltration, etc), hematoma, blood loss (gi bleed, hemorrhage, epistaxis, etc.), hemolysis, thalassemia, hemoglobinopathies, etc. Do you have a specific cause that you would like information about re: rx? ...Read more
Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different causes: Anemia is a general term essentially meaning a low red blood cell count. There are lots of causes of different types of anemia. Iron deficiency is one of the more common types. A B12 deficiency can cause a different type. Your doctor can runs tests to try to determine a specific cause. If the problem remains, the patient should see a hematologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer