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Iron Deficiency Anemia

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  • Iron is necessary for the formation of heme, a component of the hemoglobin molecule. Hemoglobin is the primary oxygen-carrying molecule in the blood. Iron is also needed for the formation of other body enzymes (myoglobin, a muscle enzyme, for example). Iron in the body is stored in the form of ferritin or hemosiderin.
  • Iron deficiency most commonly occurs because lack of absorption in the stomach and intestines, blood loss in gastrointestinal tract, or blood loss from the uterus.

  • May have none
  • Fatigue
  • Heart racing
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath on exertion
  • Ice craving
  • Brittle nails
  • Smoothing of the tongue
  • Lip cracking

  • Laboratory:
    1. Low hemoglobin/hematocrit
    2. Low MCV (red blood size)
    3. Low ferritin level
    4. Low Iron level and high TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity) level
    5. Low transferrin saturation
  • Urinalysis to look for hemoglobin or myoglobin or red blood cells
  • Colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy/upper GI series to rule out cancer or Ulcer Disease
  • Endometrial biopsy and/or pelvic Ultrasound may be consider in women
  • Bone marrow biopsy if diagnosis or cause not clear

  • Oral iron supplementation -- usually Iron sulfate 325mg, three times a day. A stool softener is often needed because iron is constipating. There are "slow" iron preparations available that may be easier on the stomach.
  • Find and treat underlying the cause(s).

  • Anemia of chronic disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Sideroblastic anemia
  • Lead Poisoning

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