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AmpathChat #09 - Basic Approach To Abnormal FBC (Part 1): RBC Indices


Feb 28, 2017 | Haematology

Dr Carol Moore

There are three main possibilities for a microcytic anaemia, namely iron deficiency, thalassaemia and anaemia of chronic disease (ACD). Since iron deficiency is the most common cause of a microcytic anaemia, a ferritin level is recommended as an initial investigation. A low ferritin level confirms iron deficiency. A normal or raised ferritin level suggests possible thalassaemia or ACD.

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