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A Case of Iron Deficiency Anemia

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A Case of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Post by MEDI on Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:27 am

Case Presentation

Dolores Welborn is a 28-year-old attorney living in Portland, Oregon.
Dolores is in the second trimester of pregnancy with her first child,
and though her pregnancy had been progressing normally, recently she has
noticed that she tires very easily and is short of breath from even the
slightest exertion. She also has experienced periods of
light-headedness, though not to the point of fainting. Other changes
she has noticed are cramping in her legs, a desire to crunch on ice, and
the fact that her tongue is sore. She doubts that all of these
symptoms are related to one another, but she is concerned, and she makes
an appointment to see her physician.

Upon examining Dolores, her physician finds that she has tachycardia,
pale gums and nail beds, and her tongue is swollen. Given her history
and the findings on her physical exam, the physician suspects that
Dolores is anemic and orders a sample of her blood for examination. The
results are shown below:

Table 1. Blood Sample Results
Red Blood Cell Count3.5 million/mm3
Hemoglobin (Hb)7 g/dl
Hematocrit (Hct)30%
Serum Ironlow
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) low
Mean Corpuscular Hb Concentration (MCHC)low
Total Iron Binding Capacity in the Blood (TIBC) high

A diagnosis of anemia due to iron deficiency is made and oral iron
supplements prescribed. Dolores’ symptoms are eliminated within a couple
of weeks and the remainder of her pregnancy progresses without


  1. Describe the structure of a molecule of hemoglobin and explain the
    role played by iron in the transport of oxygen.
  2. How is iron stored and transported in the body?
  3. What is Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) and how frequently does it
  4. What are the most common causes of IDA?
  5. Why are women more prone to IDA than men?
  6. What are the red blood cell indices, and what tests are diagnostic
    for IDA?
  7. How is IDA treated and prevented?
chose a question and answer it.


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Re: A Case of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Post by jib on Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:39 pm

no one have the answer?????
I need answer for check


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Re: A Case of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Post by DrMuhammad on Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:39 pm

lets see


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