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70 years old women has low hemoglobin & high iron count

My mother is 70 years old, she is loosing weight, her himoglobin is low and her Iron is high. Doctor said she needed blood but can t give her because of high iron. Any advice? E.Baker
Asked On : Mon, 29 Aug 2011
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Does your mother have any medical illness. Any previous blood transfusion. She could be having haemoglobin problem like a kind of Thalassemia or Sideroblastic anaemia. She may need to get all her indices for blood done like TIBC, Serum Ferritin, Transferrin saturation, Hb electrophoresis to find out if Thalassemia and also if possible bone marrow study. After finding the cause, the correct treatment can be given. If she has Sideroblastic anaemia, sometimes Pyridoxine may help. Let her eat plenty of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Drink plenty of water.
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