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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Iron deficient anemia

10/26/2007

Question:

My question is a more technical/"splitting hairs" kind of question. With Iron deficient anemia, I understand that you will have a low hemaglobin content because iron is involved in the synthesis of Hb.

Does this mean you will have a decrease in red blood cells as well? or Will you have some `partially functioning red blood cells`with less hemaglobin? Thank you.

Answer:

The total number of red blood cells are decreased.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University