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Anaemia - Causes

Information on the many causes of anaemia
Anaemia - Bodily effects (symptoms)
Bodily Effects (symptoms)

Information on how anaemia may affect your body
Anaemia - Treatment

Articles on the ways to treat anaemia

- Anaemia is a condition in which red blood cells or the haemoglobin (a protein) in red blood cells is abnormally low.
aplastic anemia
- Aplastic anaemia is a disease of the bone marrow in which there is a failure to generate blood cells.
- This test measures the amount of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the breakdown of haemoglobin, the oxygen-binding protein in red blood cells. Bilirubin is processed in the liver. If liver cells are damaged, it can escape into the bloodstream.
- Bleeding is any loss of blood from the body. Bleeding can occur either internally or externally. It can occur through a natural opening such as the vagina. Most bleeding occurs through a break in the skin.
blood in the stools
- Blood in the stools means that blood from somewhere in the body is being excreted in the stool, or bowel movement.
bone marrow aspiration
- Bone marrow aspiration is a procedure in which a sample of bone marrow is removed with a special needle. The sample can then be examined with a microscope to look for various diseases or conditions.
bone marrow transplant
congenital lack of intrinsic factor
- Intrinsic factor is a protein made by the stomach that helps the body take in vitamin B12. Some people are born without the ability to make this protein. When this occurs, it is called a congenital lack of intrinsic factor. Congenital means that a condition is present at birth.
drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia
Coombs' test, indirect
- The Coombs' test detects antibodies, or proteins that react against other molecules, against red blood cells in an individual's serum or attached to an individual's red blood cells. The Coombs' test is commonly performed before a blood transfusion to make sure that antibodies in an individual's blood will not cross-react, or be attacked by antibodies in blood obtained from a donor. Transfused blood that does not match the blood of the individual who receives the blood could cause complications in the person who receives the blood.
- Folacin is also known as folic acid and folate. It is a water-soluble vitamin. It is one of the eight members of the B complex. These include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, biotin, and pantothenic acid
- A FBC, also called a full blood count, is a screening test used to diagnose and manage many diseases. A FBC measures the status of important features of the blood, including the: number of red blood cells (RBCs) number of white blood cells (WBCs) number of platelets total amount of haemoglobin in the blood percentage of blood composed of cells, or haematocrit mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH) mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration (MCHC) mean corpuscular volume (MCV) Who is a candidate for the test?
- Ferritin is the iron storage protein found in the blood. This test measures the amount of available ferritin in the blood serum. Iron is important for red blood cell production.
glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase deficiency
- Haemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. It carries oxygen from the lungs to cells throughout the body, and carries carbon dioxide from the cells to the lungs. A haemoglobin test measures the level of this protein in a sample of blood.
iron deficiency anemia
- Iron deficiency anaemia is a low red blood cell count or haemoglobin level caused by too little iron in the body.
iron in diet
- Iron is a trace mineral and is an essential nutrient. Iron is found in small amounts in every cell of the body. The body needs only small amounts. Iron is widely available in many foods.
sickle cell anemia
- Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood disease. It causes serious health problems among African Americans or individuals of African descent and is not commonly seen in Australia. To develop sickle cell anaemia, a person must inherit two sickle cell genes. When only one gene is present, a person has another form of sickle cell disease known as sickle cell trait in which they will not get the full blown disease.
shortness of breath
stomach cancer
serum iron
spleen removal
- Spleen removal, or splenectomy, involves surgically removing the spleen from the body. The spleen produces red blood cells and white blood cells in the body. It also stores blood. The spleen also filters out bacteria and old red blood cells from the blood. It is located to the upper left side of the abdomen, just in front of the stomach.
urine protein
total protein
vitamin B12
WBC count
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