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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 is anisocytosis?

What is anisocytosis?

Diverse sized cells: Typical example of anisocytosis is found in iron deficiency anemia. Blood smear shows different sized red cells. ...Read more

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What is hemoglobin?

What is hemoglobin?

Found in RBCs: Hemoglobin is a main component of the red blood cell (RBC). It is a protein that serves to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

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What is anemia?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count. Many potential causes that need investigation. ...Read more

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What is anemia?

What is anemia?

Low red blood cells: Anemia is a low number of red blood cells. The most common reason is low iron stores, but there are many other causes. In any case, if someone is anemic they need to find out why ...Read more

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What is hemoglobinemia?

What is hemoglobinemia?

Free Hb in blood: Hemoglobin is normally contained in red cells. if red cells breakdown and release hemoglobin the presence of free hemoglobin in blood is called hemoglobinemia. ...Read more

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What is microcytic anemia?

What is microcytic anemia?

SMALLER THAN: Normal red cells (''micro" cytic). This is more times than not associated with iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What is normocytic normochromic?

Normal RBCs: These are medical terms which mean normal in size and normal in color! ...Read more

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What is thalassemia?

What is thalassemia?

Thalassemia: Thalassemia is a deficiency in the production of one of the globin chains (alpha or beta) that make up hemoglobin. Normally synthesis of these is balanced. When imbalanced, one globin accumulates relative to the other forming inclusions that are damaging to the red cells that contain them. There are many thal variants that manifest a wide severity of symptoms from none to transfusion dependence. ...Read more

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What is thalassemia?

What is thalassemia?

Familial blood trait: Thalassemia runs in families. It is caused by variations (mutations) in DNA, which is then passed on to future generations. There are many variations in the DNA (genes) that code for hemoglobin molecules inside red blood cells. Some of these variations cause the hemoglobin production to be very slow, so blood cells stay too small because they can't form enough hemoglobin to grow to normal size. ...Read more

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What is myelodysplasia?

What is myelodysplasia?

Leukemia-like: An abnormal clone of cells overgrows some of the bone marrow, causing problems with the formed elements of the blood, but nowhere so severe as in a classic leukemia. There are a great many subtypes with varying likely outcomes. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is myelofibrosis?

What is  myelofibrosis?

Myelofibrosis: A blood disorder which usually affects the bone marrow causing anemia and low counts, and cause spleen enlargement and other constitutional symptoms like weight loss, malaise, risk of infection and bleeding. It can lead to leukemia or a bone marrow failure syndrome. Bone marrow transplant in young patients can be considered. Jakafi (ruxolitinib) is a new drug approved to treat symptoms of myelofibrosis. ...Read more

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What is leukopenia?

What is leukopenia?

Low white blood cell: Leukopenia is a general term for a low white blood cell count(wbc). That is all leukopenia means, it doesn't say anything about why there is are few wbcs. Often a mild leukopenia is from viral infections, and the typical thing to do is to recheck to see if it goes up. Severe leukopenia is managed emergently, sometimes in hospital. The next step is usually to be referred to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What is hematology?

What is hematology?

Disorders of blood: The study of blood related disorders include such things as bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, low blood counts (anemia, low platelets, low neutrophils), high blood counts, abnormal hemoglobin, and much more. ...Read more

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What is hematology?

What is hematology?

Blood: The study of blood and blood related issues like clotting. Anemias of various kinds, hemophilia, leukemia, bleeding disorders. It is a wide medical category and often doctors do both hematology and cancer as a single specialty. ...Read more

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What is anemia/enimic?

What is anemia/enimic?

This is the: Term for a low number of red blood cells. There are dozens of causes. ...Read more

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What is anaemia?

What is anaemia?

Anaemia: Anaemia means low haemoglobin . This can be due to various reasons like iron deficiency, Vit B 12 deficiency , blood loss etc. ...Read more

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What exactly is anemia?

Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). A hematologist can help. ...Read more

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What is leukocytopenia?

Low WBC: Low white blood cell count. Could be due to a variety of reasons. Generally not concerning if the other cells ( reds and platelets ) look good and you do not have signs of infectin. ...Read more