What is anaemia?
Anemia is an ailment involving a reduction in the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood resulting from a deficiency in the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood.
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Forms of anaemia
Results from the insufficient manufacture of red blood cells by the bone marrow.
(also known as Haemolytic Anemia) results from the increased destruction of red blood cells.
(Also known as Haemorrhagic Anemia) caused by loss of blood. It is a form of Microcytic Anemia. Acute Posthemorrhagic Anemia is caused by sudden (acute) massive loss of blood (haemorrhage). Chronic Hemorrhagic Anemia is caused by long-term moderate loss of blood such as occurs with peptic ulcers, haemorrhoids, or loss of blood from a gynecologic or urologic site.
Characterized by insufficient haemoglobin in red blood cells.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
(Also known as Hypoferric Anemia) results from lack of iron (which is necessary for the production of haemoglobin).
Results from the presence of abnormally large red blood cells.
Results from the presence of megaloblasts in the blood.
(Also known as Methaemoglobinaemia) results from the conversion of haemoglobin in red blood cells to the toxic methaemoglobin.
Results from a deficiency of intrinsic factor which in turn results in vitamin B12 deficiency.
Sickle-Cell Anemia (SCA)
Results from defective haemoglobin molecules causing red blood cells to have a twisted 'sickle' shape.
Characterized by the presence of abnormal, ringed sideroblasts.
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