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Hemophilia and Inherited Bleeding Disorders

Hypochromia

04/10/2007

Question:

what is Hypochromia & is curable. is it some type of cancer? or can it turn to cancer if not treated. please inform me a.s.a.p.

Answer:

Hypochromia is a descriptive term used when looking at red blood cells on a blood smear.  It gives some indication, in a qualitative way, not quantitative, that the red blood cell does not contain as much hemoglobin as is normally seen. Hemoglobin is the substance that helps carry oxygen throughout the body. Any process in the body that would decrease the production of hemoglobin could lead to hypochromasia in the red blood cells.  The most common cause of hypochromia is iron deficiency anemia. Other disorders may also lead to hypochromia.

To have this properly diagnosed, you will need to see a health professional. You may require a physical examination or additional laboratory testing.

Most disorders involving hypochromasia may be corrected.

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Response by:

Patricia M Carey, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati