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Can a bleeding ulcer be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
A bleeding ulcer could cause iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count).
If the bleeding is severe and persists for a while, red blood cells will be small (microcytic) and have relatively less oxygen-carrying hemoglobin (hypochromic). Thanks to m. Dinapoli, med student.

In brief: Yes.
A bleeding ulcer could cause iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count).
If the bleeding is severe and persists for a while, red blood cells will be small (microcytic) and have relatively less oxygen-carrying hemoglobin (hypochromic). Thanks to m. Dinapoli, med student.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
With a bleeding ulcer, you tend to bleed slowly and chronically, eventually causing iron deficiency, which causes the new red blood cells to be created in response to the developing anemia to be small, i.
e. Microcytic. Sometimes this type of anemia is the first hint that an ulcer exists, although any chronic slow blood loss will cause this type of anemia.

In brief: Yes
With a bleeding ulcer, you tend to bleed slowly and chronically, eventually causing iron deficiency, which causes the new red blood cells to be created in response to the developing anemia to be small, i.
e. Microcytic. Sometimes this type of anemia is the first hint that an ulcer exists, although any chronic slow blood loss will cause this type of anemia.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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