Which history finding suggests an etiology of more than one bone marrow lineage or coagulopathy in anemia?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Obtain a history of fever or identify the presence of fever, because infections, neoplasms, and collagen vascular disease can cause anemia. Similarly, the occurrence of purpura, ecchymoses, and petechiae suggest the occurrence of either thrombocytopenia or other bleeding disorders; this may be an indication either that more than 1 bone marrow lineage is involved or that coagulopathy is a cause of the anemia because of bleeding.


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