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Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Transfusion/infusion: Blood ( pack red blood cells) transfusion is usually given in the setting of significant anemia due to blood loss. Intravenous iron infusion is given to treat iron deficiency anemia. However both blood transfusion and iron infusion can be given in anemia due to blood loss and iron deficiency anemia- decision will depend on how severe the anemia/symptoms & how quickly you want to treat the anemia. ...Read more

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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more


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I went to take the analysis of anemia and the nurse didn't find enough blood! what is my problem?

Don't know what: You mean by "didn't find enough blood". Was the nurse able to get enough blood for a test? If you got the test and it shows you have less than normal amount of red cells, it means you have anemia. What to do would depend on the reason for the anemia and how severe it is. Ask your doctor what to do. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

Anemia: Anemia causes decrease delivery of oxygen to all the tissues of the body. It is important to find the cause of the anemia so we can correct it. For example is is due to : iron deficiency, colon cancer, any cancer, anorexia, leukemia, lymphoma, low thyroid, sickle cell anemia, etc ...Anemia may cause heart attack, stroke as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

Lack of red cells.: Anemia is a lower than normal concentration of hemoglobin in blood. Hemoglobin is carried by red blood cells, and our test measures the total amount of HGB carried by all red cells in a volulme of blood. A low white blood cell count is leukopenia, and a low platelet count is thrombocytopenia. ...Read more

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I eat about 7 pounds of ice a week. Is this unhealthy? I did have a problem with anemia but last blood test was normal. I've had the cravings 2 years

Maybe: People who eat ice, or starch or in some areas clay often have an iron deficiency problem. Though you said you had anemia which was now proved normal--you may still have a degree of iron deficiency, which can only be evaluated with specific blood tests--serum iron, per cent iron saturation and ferritin. If you have menstrual periods, you loose iron every month. Are you on vitamins with iron? ...Read more

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Why does some blood smell very strong metallic and others more sweet? Is the blood type or does the metallic type mean there's anemia or another condi

Why does some blood smell very strong metallic and others more sweet? Is the blood type or does the metallic type mean there's anemia or another condi

Blood odor: The odor of menstrual blood varies with the amount to "dilute" its mixture with vaginal secretions, and whether there is concurrent bacterial or yeast components. The odor has very little to do with "blood type" and/or anemia. ...Read more

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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


Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more


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