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Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Iron deficiency: There are many types of anemia caused by many types of disorders. Red blood cells require iron in order to develop properly. Without iron, we do not produce adequate numbers of cells which results in anemia. Iron deficiency needs to be explained always and requires an examination and further testing. Simply replacing iron without an investigation and or examination can result in missed diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

Insufficient iron in the body, leading to an inadequate amount of healthy red blood cells that are needed for carrying oxygen ...Read more


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Which causes iron deficiency anaemia to be different to other types of anaemia?

Which causes iron deficiency anaemia to be different to other types of anaemia?

Types of anemia: There are many causes of anemia. Anemia means a low blood count which can be caused by inadequate production of red blood cells in the bone marrow or excessive loss of blood from different sites in the body. Two of the most common are the uterus and the bowel. Anemia is a sign of a problem which requires diagnosing the cause. Iron deficiency is one such cause. ...Read more

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What differences are there in megaloblastic anemia and pernicious anemia?

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What differences are there in megaloblastic anemia and pernicious anemia?

Pernicious = Vit B12: Megaloblastic anemia refers to any condition which causes large red blood cells (folate (folic acid) deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, etc.) pernicious anemia can be thought of as a *type* of megaloblastic anemia which is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency secondary to malabsorption. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray). ...Read more

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How are pernicious anaemia and other types of anaemia different?

How are pernicious anaemia and other types of anaemia different?

Vitamin B12 deficit: Pernicious anemia is a specific type of anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency due to multiple possible reasons including: insufficient intake, decreased absorption, impaired utilization. Another common type of anemia is the one caused by iron deficiency. Multiple other causes also exist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

See below: Macrocytic anemia has several causes. Most common causes are vitamins B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency, liver disease, alcohol excess. There are other less common causes. ...Read more

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How are anemia and iron deficiency different?

Anemia: Anemia refers to low red blood cells. It can be caused by iron deficiency, but there are many other causes of anemia as well. Iron deficiency means there is not enough iron in the body. This is a common cause of anemia. ...Read more

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What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

Lack of vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of vitamin b12. B12 is necessary for the normal function of the nervous system and the formation of red blood cells. ...Read more

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What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

Depression>poor eatg: Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate (folic acid) deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome are among other causes of anemia in the elderly. Serum ferritin is the most us. ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between iron deficient anemia and other anemias?

Please help! what is the difference between iron deficient anemia and other anemias?

Okay: Iron deficiency anemia simply means the patient has low or no iron stores in their bone marrow and organs caused by decreased iron food intake, bleeding as menses, or blood in bowel movement or nosebleeds. Other forms of anemia are associated with break-up of red cells, Folic Acid or B12 deficiency or other forms as spherocytic anemia. Please check with your doctor to have case reviewed. ...Read more

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Does anemia caused by thalassemia have symptoms different from those of regular anemia?

Does anemia caused by thalassemia have symptoms different from those of regular anemia?

Not usually: Usually the symptoms of thalassemia are the same as anemia due to other causes. You should be evaluated by a doctor, preferably a hematologist who can help figure out the cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out. ...Read more

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Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Why there is pancytopenia in anemia of b12 and folic acid deficiency??

Cell maturation: B12 and folic acid are need for DNA synthesis and maturation of all cells. The cells affected are not only red cells, white cell, and platelets but almost all cells in the body, including brain and spinal cord cells. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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

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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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What are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Several: Fatigue. A common symptom is the craving of ice. This is called Pica. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling cold, dizziness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the actual cause of B12 (cyanocobalamin) deficiency in the body in pernicious anemia?

No intrinsic factor: B12 in the diet usually binds to intrinsic factor in the stomach and then gets absorbed by the small bowel. In pernicious anemia, there is low or no intrinsic factor being made by the stomach cells. As a result, there is gradual deficit of B12 stores and eventaully as all the B12 is gone the new red blood cell production is affected. ...Read more

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