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Whats megaloblastic anemia?

Whats megaloblastic anemia?

Anemia: Megaloblastic anemia is anemia related most commonly to vitamin B12 and Folic Acid deficiency. These problems are easily treated with replacement of the deficient vitamin. There are other much rarer causes of megaloblastic anemia, and other illnesses that may look similar to megaloblastic anemia. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Whats a normocytic normochromic anemia?

Whats a normocytic normochromic anemia?

Normal looking cells: Normocytic means the red blood cells are normal size; normochromic means normal color (amount of hemoglobin which gives the red blood cells their red color. Anemia means you have fewer than the normal number of red blood cells. ...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 anemia megaloblastica?

What is anemia megaloblastica?

Megaloblastic anemia: Megaloblastic anemia (or megaloblastic anaemia) is an anemia (of macrocytic classification) that results from inhibition of DNA synthesis during red blood cell production.[1]The defect in red cell DNA synthesis is most often due to hypovitaminosis, specifically a deficiency of vitamin B12 and/or folic acid. ...Read more

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What is pernicious anemia?

Pernicious anemia: It's a condition which results in low vitamin B12 leading to anemia. The person affected with this condition needs the B12 supplement by injection route as oral absorption is impaired. ...Read more

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What is pernicious anemia?

What is pernicious anemia?

B12 deficiency: It is an autoimmune disease in which your body develops antibodies against intrinsic factor and gastric parietal cells which are needed to absorb b12, a vital nutrient. These patients will need to get im injections of b 12 lifeterm since they cannot absorb B12 naturally from their diet. ...Read more

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What is fanconi anemia?

What is fanconi anemia?

Low blood production: Fa is an inherited disorder of blood cell production. It usually develops slowly over years. The blood counts are abnormal, and this be treated with medications or bone marrow transplant. These patients will also have a tendency to develop certain cancers. Fa patients can be short and have skeletal abnormalities, commonly abnormal thumbs. ...Read more

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What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Smaller & paller RBC: Anemia where the RBC look smaller in size and paller- due to decrease hemoglobin content in the rbc. Can be found in iron deficiency anemia, also in Alpha or beta thalassemia minor for instance. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Different causes: Anemia is a general term essentially meaning a low red blood cell count. There are lots of causes of different types of anemia. Iron deficiency is one of the more common types. A B12 deficiency can cause a different type. Your doctor can runs tests to try to determine a specific cause. If the problem remains, the patient should see a hematologist. ...Read more

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What causes anemia?

Good question: Anemia is simply a red cell mass insufficient to meet the needs of the tissues without triggering compensatory mechanisms. A mathematical definition is a red cell mass that is more than 2 standard deviations below the mean for age and sex. There are many causes of anemia, that reflect either decreased production or increased losses. If this is an issue for you, you need to be evaluated by your dr. ...Read more

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What is hemolytic anemia?

What is hemolytic anemia?

RBC breakdown: There are many possibilities that would cause RBC breakdown. Antibodies, abnormal RBC membranes (spherocytosis), abnormal hemoglobins (sickle cell, thalassemia), abnormal RBC enzymes. If hemolytic ane is is suspected, many tests may be ordered. ...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?

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's the difference between pernicious anemia and B12 anemia?

What's the difference between pernicious anemia and B12 anemia?

See below: B-12 anemia is a deficiency in vitamin b-12 (cobalamin). Pernicious anemia is a deficiency or lack in intrinsic factor (produced by cells in the stomach) which is a protein essential for absorption of vitamin B12 in the ileum (small intestine). Pernicious anemia requires replacement of intrinsic factor &/or b-12. B-12 anemia needs only b-12 supplementation. ...Read more

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What is sideroblastic anemia?

Sideroblastic anemia: The marrow produces ringed nucleated cells instead of healthy RBC's. This may be genetic or myelodysplatic - the latter is bad as there is a high rate of a blood cancer. The ringed cells cannot use the Iron that is available. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pernicious anemia and megaloblastic anemia?

Big RBC: Pernicious anemia is deficiency of vitaminb12 due to autoimmune attack on cell of the stomach and antibody against intrinsic factor- presented with megaloblastic anemia. Pa is only one of the causes of megaloblastic anemia- however other causes that can cause def vitb12 , or folate (folic acid) or other drug eg. Bactrim- that inhibits dna synthesis in RBC production also can cause megaloblastic anemia. ...Read more

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What is a megaloblastic anemia?

Big red blood cell : Is a type of anemia presented with big size of red blood cells- that results from inhibition of dna synthesis during red blood cell production.This leads to continuing cell growth without division. It is most often due to hypovitaminosis, specifically a deficiency of vitamin B12 and/or folic acid, deficiency in micronutrient- as well as others including drugs/chemo etc. Work up needs to be done. ...Read more

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What is folate-deficiency anemia?

What is folate-deficiency anemia?

Megaloblastic anemia: Folate (folic acid) is a "building block" for red blood cells. Without it, the red cells comes out big, blown up and not made efficiently. Fortunately, folate (folic acid) is plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetable. ...Read more

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