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Is anemia a low count of red blood cells?

Is anemia a low count of red blood cells?

Anemia: It could be a combination of low rbc count vs low heme (iron ) vs defective globin which is hte protein component of the hemoglobin. Talk to your docotr as each has a different treatment. ...Read more

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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My red blood cells are too small to carry enough haemoglobin, what is the name of this anemia and is it common?

My red blood cells are too small to carry enough haemoglobin, what is the name of this anemia and is it common?

anemia: This may be an iron deficiency anemia causing red cells to be small. This is common and the treatment is usually increasing a special type of iron in your diet or with supplements. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Got doc to order a peripheral smear for anemia work-up - what does this entail? Extremely labor intensive? Will they look at red or white cells/both ?

Got doc to order a peripheral smear for anemia work-up - what does this entail? Extremely labor intensive? Will they look at red or white cells/both ?

Simple test.: This just needs a drop of blood placed on a microscope slide. It is stained so the cells are visible and the blood is then evaluated under a microscope. All types of blood cells, red, white and platelet, will be seen. The test is helpful in diagnosing many different kinds of blood issues. ...Read more

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I have giant red blood cells they said marcotosis without anemia and now she wants to do bonemarrow biopsy she didn't say what kind of camcer she is l?

I have giant red blood cells they said marcotosis without anemia and now she wants to do bonemarrow biopsy she didn't say what kind of camcer she is l?

Not cancer: Hope you feel fine and not to worry. I suppose your doc or a person in the lab told you your CBC and blood have large red cells or macrocytes. If you do not have anemia, and there is No obvious nutritional ,drug,metabolic, chemical Cause, your doctor wanted to see if there is some reason coming from your blood factory, your bone marrow. Ask your doctor for more explanations and you concerns. ...Read more

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Why are red blood cell transfusions commonly used to treat some patients with anemia?

Why are red blood cell transfusions commonly used to treat some patients with anemia?

Replacement: Anemia is basically a lower than normal number of red blood cells. If it is bad enough, it may be life-threatening because red cells carry oxygen to tissues. A transfusion fixes (at least temporarily) the problem by "filling the tank". Transfusions carry their own risks and are not treated lightly by doctors! ...Read more

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Test CBC readings some red blood cell are low and mono is high, anemia or not, what to do?

Test CBC readings some red blood cell are low and mono is high, anemia or not, what to do?

Insufficient info: It would help to have the actual value and why the tests were done? 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. ...Read more

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What can cause raised red cell count but with low iron stores (anemia). White cell count is at lowest end of normal lab value?

Lots of things: First of all, "anemia" and "low iron stores" are two completely different labs. Anyone who rod you otherwise is making a common mistake. In thalassemia minor, red cells are small and their count maybe high despite a mild anemia. Insist on a complete answer. ...Read more

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Doctor my anemia is due to red blood cells destruction & any iron pills not affected in my case so what can I do to increase the number & size of this?

Doctor my anemia is due to red blood cells destruction & any iron pills not affected in my case so what can I do to increase the number & size of this?

Depends...: Anemia due due red cell destruction does not improve with iron. If cause is immune system, prednisone may help. If cause is abnormal shape of RBCs, then SEVERE cases may benefit from splenectomy. Your hematologist is best positioned to advise you. If you have thalassemia (causes small RBCs) folic acid helps a little, but there is no fundamentally effective treatment. ...Read more

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