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How do I treat microcytosis?

How do I treat microcytosis?

Fe supplements: 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. ...Read more

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What is microcytosis?

What is microcytosis?

Small RBCs: 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. ...Read more

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What causes microcytosis?

What causes microcytosis?

Low Fe: 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. ...Read more

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Ferritin test re microcytosis without anaemia?

Ferritin  test  re microcytosis without anaemia?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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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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My test came with mild microcytosis & mild neutropenia with relative lymphocytosis. the doctor didn't bother to bring it up , should i be worried ?

My test came with  mild microcytosis & mild neutropenia with relative lymphocytosis. the doctor didn't bother to bring it up , should i be worried ?

Need the numbers: 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. Having said that, it would have been helpful to have the actual numbers. However, your doctor is in a better position to judge your health status and it is reasonable to trust her/his judgment. ...Read more

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My complete blood result is RBCs show hypochromia and microcytosis what that mean and is that cause dizziness, headache, and low pressure ?

My complete blood result is RBCs show hypochromia and microcytosis what that mean and is that cause dizziness, headache, and low pressure ?

Anemia?: These appearances of your red blood cells are consistent with iron deficiciency anema. However, these reports are less important than the numbers: RBC count, hematocrit, hemoglobin, and blood iron measurements. If you have faiirly severe anemia, it could cause dizziness and maybe headache, but probably not low blood pressure. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My complete blood picture results note is rbcs show hypochromia, microcytosis and anisocytosis should I see a doctor or not?

My complete blood picture results note is rbcs show hypochromia, microcytosis and anisocytosis should I see a doctor or not?

Anemia of low iron?: 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. ...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 is pulmonia is that treatable?

Pneumonia: Bacterial and fungal pneumonias are treatable but primary viral pneumonias are often resistant to treatments like antibiotics or antiviral medications. ...Read more

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Is hodgin totally treatable if discovered at its early stages?

Yes: If caught early and the type of histology is favorable it is totally treated with very high success rate. ...Read more

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Is dermatitis treatable?

Is dermatitis treatable?

Yes: In most cases, dermatitis is treatable, but there are many different reasons for dermatitis, i.e. Infection rash, sunburn, chemical exposure. Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin". Depending on the cause will determine the treatment. ...Read more

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Is astigmatism treatable?

Is astigmatism treatable?

Yes: Refractive correction, i.e. Glasses, contacts, laser, incisions, implants, etc. Should distinguish regular vs. Irregular through topography. ...Read more

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Is thalassemia treatable?

Is thalassemia treatable?

By blood transfusion: In thalassemia patients who are very anemic, and have symptoms from their anemia, periodic transfusions is the usual treatment. If they have had many transfusions, their bodies will get iron overload from the past transfusions (chelation therapy to remove iron may be needed). The cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more

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Is hypermetropia treatable?

Is hypermetropia treatable?

Only with surgery: Hypermetropia or hyperopia is a refractive error where the optical elements of the eye are too weak for the length of the eye. Commonly this is known as farsightedness. Glasses and contact lenses can be used to improve the vision but do not change the size or shape of the eye. Refractive surgery may treat the problem, if indicated. ...Read more

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Is paget's disease treatable?

Is paget's disease treatable?

Yes: Paget's disease is very treatable. I have several paget's patients who do very well on yearly Reclast (zoledronic acid) infusions. ...Read more