8 doctors weighed in:

How does rheumatoid arthritis cause anemia?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Chronic Inflammation

There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis.
The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts.

In brief: Chronic Inflammation

There are several causes of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis.
The most common is anemia of chronic disease. The cause is not completely understood. However, chronic inflammation can affect the body's ability to use iron and its ability to produce red blood cells which leads to low blood counts.
Dr. Betty Keller
Dr. Betty Keller
Thank
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Anemia

By release of cytokines, known as "anemia of chronic disease".

In brief: Anemia

By release of cytokines, known as "anemia of chronic disease".
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors