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Female with hemoglobin level 5 mg. Will this make any problem further? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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Doctor:Dr XXXXXXX here
User:Hi there, during the reguler check-up, i found that Hemoglobine level in my wife blood test measures as 5 mg..
User:can you please advise is this make any problem further?
Doctor:that is very low
Doctor:the normal Hb, should be at least at 13 gms for females
Doctor:she will need to be given iron supplements for therary
Doctor:but first she will need to under evaluation, to know the cause of low Hb
User:is there any test for that?
User:*test required
Doctor:blood tests, a ultrasound to rule out fibroids, etc, stool test to check for XXXXXXX bleeding, have to be done
Doctor:and based on that, iron therapy, initially with IV injections and then oral tablets can be started
User:ok thanks , is this create any issue while pregnancy or delivery?
Doctor:yes, it will
Doctor:it can cause severe bleeding, and severe complications for the mother
Doctor:and low birth weight, preterm delivery, and infections for the baby
Doctor:before getting pregnant, she should have a hb of at least 12
Doctor:she should avoid getting pregnant until then
User:ohhh... Can you please recommends the test before starting iron therapy.
Doctor:first i would advice a physical examination of your wife by a a doctor
Doctor:this will prevent any unnessary testing
Doctor:based on the exact history, tests can be limited to a few needed ones
User:ok..thanks a lot for the advise
Doctor:and avoid doing a complete panel of tests, which will be costly
Doctor:I hope u understood my suggestion
User:yes thanks again
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