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Would anemia Alone warrant a urgent colonoscopy and

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Would anemia
Alone warrant a urgent colonoscopy and endoscopy?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

Hello

Only if it was suspected it is from GI bleeding.

Iron deficiency often is.

So, say if you had a positive stool guiac test and iron deficiency anemia....slow bleed is likely.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No still test was done . Can stomach and bowel cancer cause this ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

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in the UK, she needs her stool tested for blood.

chance for colon cancer are small

she doesn't need an urgent colonoscopy and endoscopy.

her ferritin levels are low. these need to be corrected first.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How can ferritin be corrected ? We are confussed as she has been referred urgent as hb is 10.5 bad ferritin 8
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

ferritin can be corrected by taking iron supplements.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
fur colon cancer ferritin would not be low and just hemaglobin would right ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

again, we don't use ferritin or hemoglobin levels to tell us if she has colon cancer.

the stool has to be tested for blood to look for this.

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