What is the etiologic category of anemia of chronic illness and anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Edgar V Lerma, MD, FACP, FASN, FAHA, FASH, FNLA, FNKF; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Anemia usually is grouped into three etiologic categories: decreased RBC production, increased RBC destruction, and blood loss. Anemia of chronic illness and anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD) both fall under the category of decreased RBC production. When the classification of anemia is based on the morphology of the RBCs, both anemia of chronic illness and chronic kidney disease usually fall under the classification of normochromic, normocytic anemia.

See Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease for more complete information on those topics. For patient education information, see Anemia and Chronic Kidney Disease.


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