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How many different types of anemia are there?
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Many
There are many types.
Anemia means that there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Probably the most common type relates to bleeding, e.g., from menstrual periods, rectal bleeding, trauma, etc. Another cause is hemolytic - where red cells are destroyed. Another can be bone marrow dysfunction, where not enough red cells are produced. Another is dietary (b12 or iron deficiency).

In brief: Many
There are many types.
Anemia means that there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Probably the most common type relates to bleeding, e.g., from menstrual periods, rectal bleeding, trauma, etc. Another cause is hemolytic - where red cells are destroyed. Another can be bone marrow dysfunction, where not enough red cells are produced. Another is dietary (b12 or iron deficiency).
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Many anemia causes
Anemia simply means a red cell mass outside normative values for age/sex.
There are many causes, both acquired (eg., fe or folate (folic acid) deficiency, marrow infiltration, etc.) and constitutional (eg., hemoglobin disorders, red cell membrane disorders, enzymopathies, etc.). Fe. Deficiency is overwhelmingly the most common cause of anemia in the us. Your doctor can help sort out possible causes.

In brief: Many anemia causes
Anemia simply means a red cell mass outside normative values for age/sex.
There are many causes, both acquired (eg., fe or folate (folic acid) deficiency, marrow infiltration, etc.) and constitutional (eg., hemoglobin disorders, red cell membrane disorders, enzymopathies, etc.). Fe. Deficiency is overwhelmingly the most common cause of anemia in the us. Your doctor can help sort out possible causes.
Dr. Michael Engel
Dr. Michael Engel
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