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What Trace Element Excess Can Cause Anemia
Usually not: Anemia is a lowering of the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood due to lack of red blood cells. There are many types and causes of anemia. None that I know of cause increased thirst. Having said that there are people who have iron deficiency anemia who suffer from eating ice cubes or other non-nutritive substances (called pica). ...Read more
Excessive fatigue even with full night's rest. No prior history of anemia or thyroid issues. Not on any prescription meds. What could be the cause?
Fatigue: It is possible you may be depressed which can give you symptoms of fatigue. If so, see a psychologist or psychotherapist ...Read more
What causes a very low blood count (6.2) I have no signs of blood loss, no bloody stools, no blood in the urine or stomach, no cuts or wounds, I also have excessive swelling in my legs & feet, extreme fatigue, pounding heart with any kind of physical acti
More info needed: The reason for being in bed may be associated with poor nutrition and therefore anemia. How much is your hemoglobin and hematocrit--the procedure entry said "blood work normal." Why are you worried about anemia. If you are menstruating, as you loose monthly blood, you need to replace the iron--This can be done by an oral vitamin with iron. Please speak to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Fifth's disease: Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, is a viral illness caused by human parvovirus B19. Parvovirus B19 commonly causes a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and, less commonly, fever, headaches, sore throat and joint pain. In some cases fifth disease can cause anemia. In healthy individuals, this anemia is mild and only lasts a short period of time. ...Read more
A type of MDS:
Refractory anemia with excess blasts is a type of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The bone marrow will have between 5-19% blasts per high powered microscope field.
This illness is a "preleukemia" or an evolving leukemia. Progression to leukemia can happen in 12 months, and many patients will require transfusions for low blood counts.
Treatments can prevent progression to leukemia. ...Read more
Hemolytic anemia: Anemia can be due to many factors and to even begin to know, clues are found on the size (normo, macro, micro) and coloration (hypo (pale color), normochromic (normal red color). When red cells lack a normal center, as in spherical forms, " hyperchromic" is used loosely, though the correct term may be spherocytes. Hemolytic anemia, with many causes, lead to normochromic "hyperchromic"anemia. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more
Safe: It is very unlikely that you will take excessive amount of garlic without "reeking" of garlic. It would be prudent to ask your friends if they can smell garlic on your breath. Taking more garlic than a sufficient amount to flavor your foods is not likely to provide much health effect. ...Read more
What is congenital anemia? What causes it? How is it treated and what's the prognosis for recovery? Thanks!
Incompete data: Congenital=present at birth, anemia=low blood cell count. This could be something as simple as not getting enough blood back from the placenta during delivery, a condition where the blood is not being made or a condition where the blood is breaking down at an excessive rate. The label is ambiguous & does not give a clue what has happened. Treatment and prognosis vary with the cause. Confer with doc ...Read more
Can it be dangerous if your ferittin is only 4 ml at age 19 and have had constant anemia for over a year? What could be causeing it all to be low?
Low iron: For some reason your iron stores are low - ferritin is the "iron warehouse" of the body. Either u are losing iron (heavy periods?) or not getting enough in your diet. Some vegetarians for example don't eat enough foods with iron in them. Certainly u need this problem to be solved because iron is essential for blood cell production and anemia is no fun. Hopefully your primary doc can figure it out. ...Read more
Why anemic?: The initial approach to the patient with anemia is to perform a complete history and physical examination along with a review of the results of a complete blood count (CBC) with white blood cell differential, platelet count, reticulocyte count, and an examination of the peripheral blood smear. ...Read more
No and yes: There is not a direct connection, but there are associations between these findings. In rbc destructive processes the liver numbers are elevated, and in alcoholic liver disease the patient is usually anemic. ...Read more
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