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Can hypothyroidism be the cause of microcytic hypochromic anemia?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Not usually

Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism.
If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes!

In brief: Not usually

Microcytic anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, rather than hypothyroidism.
If associated with hypothyroidism, anemia is usually macrocytic (often secondary to pernicious anemia). Either way, an anemia deserves a thorough workup with your medical doctor, and treatment of your hypothyroidism. Best wishes!
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine

In brief: Possibly...

If hypothyroidism causes insufficient stomach acid, one theoretically could have poor digestion and malabsorption of vitamins and minerals including b vitamins and iron thus leading to anemia.

In brief: Possibly...

If hypothyroidism causes insufficient stomach acid, one theoretically could have poor digestion and malabsorption of vitamins and minerals including b vitamins and iron thus leading to anemia.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Dr. Su Fairchild
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