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

  • Aplastic Anemia
    Results from the insufficient manufacture of red blood cells by the bone marrow.
  • Hemolytic Anemia
    (also known as Haemolytic Anemia) results from the increased destruction of red blood cells.
  • Hemorrhagic Anemia
    (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.
  • Hypochromic Anemia
    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).
  • Macrocytic Anemia
    Results from the presence of abnormally large red blood cells.
  • Megaloblastic Anemia
    Results from the presence of megaloblasts in the blood.
  • Methemoglobinemia
    (Also known as Methaemoglobinaemia) results from the conversion of haemoglobin in red blood cells to the toxic methaemoglobin.
  • Pernicious Anemia
    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.
  • Sideroblastic Anemia
    Characterized by the presence of abnormal, ringed sideroblasts.

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