What family history and household exposures should be included in the history of a patient with suspected anemia?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Obtain a careful family history not only for anemia but also for jaundice, cholelithiasis, splenectomy, bleeding disorders, and abnormal hemoglobins. Carefully document the patient's occupation, hobbies, prior medical treatment, drugs (including over-the-counter medications and vitamins), and household exposures to potentially noxious agents. Patients are unlikely to volunteer exposures to tranquilizers, insecticides, paints, solvents, and hair dyes unless specifically queried.


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