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What Are The Causes Of Anemia
Low RBCs: Anemia is a low red blood cell (rbc) count, also measured by hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying protein within the rbc. Anemia is secondary to decreased RBC production (bone marrow disease, nutrition, kidney dz, etc) or increased destruction ("hemolytic")/blood loss (surgery, trauma, GI bleeding, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray). ...Read more
Hyperthyroidism: Graves disease is an autoimmune disease most common in young women. Other common forms are toxic nodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, and of course overreplacement with thyroid hormone. There are other, less common forms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be subtle. Best to have this evaluated by an endocrinologist or an internist who is familiar with this. ...Read more
Breakdown of cells: Jaundice is caused by collection of bilirubin in the skin and conjunctivae. Bilirubin is the breakdown product of red blood cells. An excess of bilirubin may be caused by excessive breakdown of rbc, inability of the liver to either pick up, metabolize or appropriately excrete the bilirubin. There may also be obstruction to the flow of bile from the liver. ...Read more
Alcoholism: It's an incredibly complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that are poorly understood. Alcoholism can run quite strongly, suggesting a genetic component, but also, the environment plays heavily into the clinical picture, i.e., how much one is around alcohol. Proponents of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that alcoholism is a spiritual problem, or one of characterological defect. ...Read more
Random mutations...: occur in our body's cells because they are not able to correct all of the millions of DNA damage events that naturally occur during our life. In the event that a bone marrow progenitor cell gets hit with an unlucky series of mutations then a leukemic cell will be made, and grow out of control. Familial susceptibility, or exposures (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation, or benzene) may increase this risk. ...Read more
Probale inner ear: When asked to explain dizziness; most patients describe it as a feeling of one or more of "lightheaded, spinning, tilting, falling, loss of balance" triggered by change of head or body position. It is probably due to irritation of nerve of inner ear by (otoconia) which are gravels in ear. Some patients may call a feeling of faintness as dizzy but this is rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different types: Bsically anemia means that you don't have enough red blood cells in your body. Main reasons: 1) blood loss - may be subtle like menstrual periods, 2) destruction of blood cells (hemolytic anemias, - various diseases and some drugs 3) not making enough blood cells (bone marrow issues - can be caused by diseases of the marrow or many drugs - including chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pregnancy first !!: Must rule out pregnancy first ! if no menses prior (called primary amenorrhea) abve age 15yrs, then anatomical causes also must be considered (lack of uterus, blood flow blockage, etc). If menses took place prior (called secondary amenorrhea) then hormonal causes such as elevated prolactin, testosterone or low thyroid should be considered. Significant weight loss also possible. Talk with your pcp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Impossible to really go into all of them. Essentially, 2 main ways: either through primary testicular failure where testes are unable to function, or, secondary gonadal failure which results from pituitary/hypothalamic inability to stimulate testes. Anatomical defects, trauma, genetics, etc. Can cause either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Symptoms of anemia include lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, lethargy, rapid heart rate, fatigue, pale skin, etc. In addition, some may have none of these symptoms. Anemia is a symptom; something else is causing the anemia and the cause needs to be found by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Signs & symptoms...: Include fatigue, exercise intolerance, headache, pallor, etc. Therapy 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. More specific info would help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Can be infectious (variety of viruses including mono from epstein barr or cmv, hep a, b, c, d and others), toxic exposure or reaction to meds, drugs, alcohol, autoimmune, metabolic, conditions in pregnancy, obstruction to flow of bile, poor blood flow, and more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Amenorrhea has many causes. Many relate to a deficiency in those hormones from the pituitary gland which stimulate the ovaries (gonadotropins) or an excess of another pituitary hormone, prolactin. This might be from a tumor, a loss of pituitary blood supply, trauma, etc. Or as an aging change (menopause). There are less common local ovarian diseases. ...Read more
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