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Is a bone marrow testing necessary to detect anemia?

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Posted on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 in Child Health
Question: my daughter is 3 years old and diagnosed as having iron def anemia. my question is what determines anemia associated with bone marrow production disorder vs inadequate dietary iron intake. is this determined in the diff count of a CBC lab value? or is a bone marrow blood count indicated?
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Hello. I just read through your question. Iron deficiency anemia is by far the most common type of anemia. The blood tests done to diagnose iron deficiency also test all cell lines. In the absence of any other abnormalities, there is no need for bone marrow testing.
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