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What causes microcytosis?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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In brief: Low Fe

Microcytic rbcs can be caused by a number of things but, by far, the most common cause is iron deficiency.
This can be caused by a low dietary intake of iron, poor absorption of iron for some reason, or blood loss. In pre-menopausal, post-pubertal women, the most common cause is blood loss from monthly menstrual flow. Low iron intake exacerbates this.

In brief: Low Fe

Microcytic rbcs can be caused by a number of things but, by far, the most common cause is iron deficiency.
This can be caused by a low dietary intake of iron, poor absorption of iron for some reason, or blood loss. In pre-menopausal, post-pubertal women, the most common cause is blood loss from monthly menstrual flow. Low iron intake exacerbates this.
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