How is the etiology of anemia determined?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Once the existence of anemia is established, investigate the pathogenesis. If an adequate history has been taken and a physical examination has been performed, the etiology may be obvious, and confirmatory studies and appropriate therapy can be undertaken with a minimum of investigation. If this is not the case, initiate a definite plan of investigation, considering the cost to the patient along with a determination of the etiology of the abnormality.


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