How is the appropriate therapy selected for the treatment of anemia?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Documentation of the etiology of anemia is essential in the selection of therapy. Not all microcytic anemias are caused by iron deficiency; some are iron-overloading disorders. Similarly, not all megaloblastic anemias are associated with either vitamin B-12 deficiency or folic acid deficiency. Hereditary hemolytic disorders do not improve with corticosteroid therapy.


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