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Iron Deficiency vs. Thalassemia... Both are microcytic anemia's... Thalassemia will have NORMAL RDW and NORMAL number of RBC's... There will be increased iron and ferritin

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Laboratory Values in Microcytic Anemias Cheat Sheet

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If you have an abnormal MCV blood test, don't let your doctor tell you it's not important! A low mcv and high mcv indicate macrocytosis, microcytosis, microcytic anemia and macrocytic anemia

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Microcytic anemia::: iron deficiency is the most common cause and can be ruled out with iron studies... the next 2 causes are anemia of chronic disease and thalassemia... if iron studies come normal and the patient has no chronic disease, check a HEMOGLOBIN ELECTROPHORESIS to diagnose thalassemia's... thalassemia's will also have target cells and nucleated RBC' on peripheral smear

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