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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

High iron with low hemoglobin counts

06/30/2008

Question:

Our 16 year old daughter, who is very active with cross country and track has been told that she has a high iron count with a low hemoglobin count. Her pediatrician is going to have her see a pediatric hematologist. What are the possible causes and treatments of this situation? Many thanks for your prompt reply.

Answer:

It is hard to know exactly what you mean by a high iron count and low hemoglobin. It could mean that they think she is anemic due to iron deficiency, but I am not sure what you or the doctor meant by "high iron count". Iron deficiency is relatively easy to treat, depending on the cause. I would encourage you to ask the physician what they meant and what they think may be going on.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University