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My father had blood tests. Hemoglobin and red blood cell counts low but ferritin, iron, b12 normal. Doctor said he has anemia. Treatment?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Find the cause

There are over 100 different causes of anemia.
Dad has a bleeding stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise; yes, iron and ferritin can be normal early-on when this is happening. History and physical, reticulocyte count, stool guaiac, a look at the peripheral blood smear by someone who's good at it comes next. Glad you're there for Dad.

In brief: Find the cause

There are over 100 different causes of anemia.
Dad has a bleeding stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise; yes, iron and ferritin can be normal early-on when this is happening. History and physical, reticulocyte count, stool guaiac, a look at the peripheral blood smear by someone who's good at it comes next. Glad you're there for Dad.
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