Microcytic anemia - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Microcytic anemia is characterized by the presence of red blood cells which are smaller than average and an insufficient production of hemoglobin. Microcytic anemia can result from a major shortage of iron in the blood due to regular loss of blood, or inflammation. The diagnosis of this anemia would be done by taking blood to highlight the lowering of the level of hemoglobin in the blood and a drop in the average volume of the cells (VGM). Taking blood also allows us to find a cause. Treating the cause is the foundation of the treatment of this condition.

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