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My niece 3yrs old has problem of low blood count but apart

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My niece 3yrs old has problem of low blood count but apart from that everything is normal doctors gave her medicine for blood and iron, I need advice whether she needs to go check if she might be alpha thalassemia career or other check up plz advise as there in Africa doctors likes to take money instead of treating accordingly
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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to give you the best advice, we need to see her blood count levels.

Dr. David :

do you have copies of her blood testing reports?

Dr. David :

without her blood test results, we can't say if she has thalasesemia or not.

JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : I don't have her report with me at the moment but 2 months ago her blood count was 8 the dr prescribed medicine for her to increase her blood then she was fine now last week again she started being sick again everything is normal but her haemoglobin was low and so as her blood it's 8.5 she has been given medicine to increase the blood and iron tablets
Dr. David :

I see.

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you need to get the report.

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she could have a microcytic anemia

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or macrocytic anemia.

JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : I'm still waiting for an answer
Dr. David :

microcytic anemia are with small red blood cells and this most commonly is because of lack of iron.

Dr. David :

less common causes of microcytic anemias are thallasemias and lead poisoning.

JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : I will contact her mother and get her report then will send u btw what is mycrocitic anaemia?
Dr. David :

microcytic anemias

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are when the red blood cells are small

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with a low MCV or mean corpuscular volume.

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of 75 or less.

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let me know what the lab test show.

JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : Ok
JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : How can they find out if she mycrocitic anaemia
Dr. David :

you need to check on her CBC blood count

Dr. David :

or a Complete Blood count

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and find out what her MCV level is or mean corpuscular volume is.

Dr. David :

and see if it is low, or less than 75

JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : Thank you very much will contact again after getting her report
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JACUSTOMER-b2qdgolp- : Will do
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