What findings suggest a diminished production of red blood cell (RBC) etiology of anemia?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Diminished production of RBCs is suggested in all patients without evidence of either blood loss or hemolysis. Thus, a patient with anemia without evidence of bleeding or iron deficiency, with normal indirect bilirubin and normal or decreased reticulocyte count, probably has a defect in the production of erythrocytes. Many of these patients have pancytopenia or other abnormalities of the leukocytes or the platelets that can be detected with an examination of a peripheral smear.


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