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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: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.
No still test was done . Can stomach and bowel cancer cause this ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago.

ferritin can be corrected by taking iron supplements.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
fur colon cancer ferritin would not be low and just hemaglobin would right ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months 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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