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Anemia

How Hereditary Spherocytosis Causes Anemia

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Hereditary spherocytosis is a genetic blood disease that causes anemia, the loss of red blood cells. This video shows how the disorder causes the destruction of the body's red blood cells.

This animation was featured in the documentary film "Blood Detectives."

 

Low Iron Levels May Increase Blood Clot Risk

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Researchers say next step is determining if treating iron deficiency wards off dangerous clots

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of iron in the blood are associated with an increased risk of dangerous blood clots that form in a vein, according to the results of a new study that included patients with an inherited blood vessel disease.

The findings suggest that treating iron deficiency may help prevent the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to the...

Genetics Home Reference: Phosphoglycerate kinase deficiency

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Phosphoglycerate kinase deficiency is a genetic disorder that affects the body's ability to break down the simple sugar glucose, which is the primary energy source for most cells. Researchers have described two major forms of the condition. The most common form is sometimes called the hemolytic form. It is characterized by a condition known as chronic hemolytic anemia, in which red blood cells are broken down (undergo hemolysis) prematurely. Chronic hemolytic anemia can lead to unusually...

Anemia in People with Cancer

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If your red blood cell count is low, you might have a condition called anemia (uh-nee-me-uh). The red blood cell count is measured with a blood test called a CBC. (CBC stands for complete blood count.) Anemia means your blood has too little hemoglobin (HE-muh-glo-bin). Hemoglobin is the part of the red blood cell (RBC) that carries the oxygen your body uses.

Doctors often define anemia as a hemoglobin (Hb) level of less than 12 g/dL (grams per deciliter). But many people do not feel...

Facts about Diamond Blackfan Anemia

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Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder that is also associated with birth defects or abnormal features. In DBA, the bone marrow (the center of the bone where blood cells are made) does not make enough red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.   

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People with DBA have symptoms common to all other types of...

Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder that is also associated with birth defects or abnormal...