What are the therapeutic approaches to anemia and what is the goal of treatment?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Therapeutic approaches to anemia include the use of blood and blood products, immunotherapies, hormonal/nutritional therapies, and adjunctive therapies. The goal of therapy in acute anemia is to restore the hemodynamics of the vascular systems and to replace lost red blood cells. To achieve this, the practitioner may use mineral and vitamin supplements, blood transfusions, vasopressors, histamine (H2) antagonists, and glucocorticosteroids.


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