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What are the causes of anemia?

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 more

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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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What is the cause of anemia?

What is the cause of anemia?

3 main causes: Either one is losing blood, destroying blood or it is not being made. Losing blood (menstrual, donation, bleeding), destroying (antibody destruction), bone marrow failure/space occupying disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Low rbc, low hgb, high mcv, normal iron & B12 levels. What is the cause of anemia?

Low rbc, low hgb, high mcv, normal iron & B12 levels.  What is the cause of anemia?

Macrocytic anemia: The most common causes of macrocytic anemia are B12 (ruled out for you) and folate (folic acid) deficiencies. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can be caused by diet (very rare - folate (folic acid) is everywhere), celiac disease, alcoholism, or hemolysis (autoimmune process, for example). Rarer causes include aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome (mds). If not clear to your doc, may need to see hematologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the hereditary causes for anemia?

I was wondering what are the hereditary causes for anemia?

Various causes: most common are hemoglobinopathies. Abnormal hemoglobin genes cause decreased production or unstable hub, such as sickle cell, thalassemia and Hgb. E. Abnormal cell membrane proteins making red cells fragile such as hereditary spherocytosis or elliptocytosis. Less common are genetic conditions that produce damaged bone marrow cells like Fanconi's anemia. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

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

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia and what are the treatments for it?

Classical: Pernicious anemia (b12 deficiency) occurs when a cofactor in the stomach, intrinsic factor, does not do its job. If is needed for B12 absorption. ...Read more