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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
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
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
RBC 's shows a hypochromia & microcytosis MCV 72.6 fl & MCH 23.5 pg does deltasone is helpful & what dose fit?
I did a complete blood picture and i found this comment rbcs show hypochromia & microcytosis also MCV low 74.1 and MCH low 24.1?
What's the issue when blood test is: hemoglobin:13.4g/dl-mcv 75fl-mch 25.2pg-mchc 33.4g/dl-iron 88mcg/dl.& note saying:slight microcytosis-anisocytosi?
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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