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Is flying safe with acute anemia?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: My iron level at the moment is 2.1 , waiting to get in for intravenous iron treatment, is it safe to fly
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Should find&cure the cause to low iron level first

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

I have gone through your medical history carefully. I found your iron level very low, which needs immediate treatment.

If I was your caring doctor would determine why you are having low iron levels:
- serious diseases (e.g. tumors)
- any internal bleeding (should find the source if any)
- diet poor in iron
- any medication you might be taking recently.

I recommend to stabilize your iron levels first, then, to decide to have your flight.

Hope it answered to your queries! If anything unclear, do not hesitate to contact me back!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (3 hours later)
Dr. has done all the testing he can was on very expensive iron meds. for 3 months they did nothing , one last test to come is camera pill in 2 wks. As far as flying what would be my risks with such low iron.
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can have your trip...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back my dear,

If you have already started iron supplementation, then, hopefully, your iron levels will be normalized soon. You should be patient and take iron medications as prescribed by your doctor.

With regards to traveling, you can go ahead and have your travel safely. My only concern was feeling fatigued all way long.

Iron is an important element for our body functions including:
- synthesizing chemical components: for brain (dopamine),
- synthesis of DNA and white blood cells
- transportation of oxygen in body cells

If iron levels are depleted, it won't carry out such functions, leading to anemia and other related severe problems. For the moment, I do not see serious problem unless you keep being untreated.

Have a nice trip!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is flying safe with acute anemia?

Brief Answer: Should find&cure the cause to low iron level first Detailed Answer: Hi there, I have gone through your medical history carefully. I found your iron level very low, which needs immediate treatment. If I was your caring doctor would determine why you are having low iron levels: - serious diseases (e.g. tumors) - any internal bleeding (should find the source if any) - diet poor in iron - any medication you might be taking recently. I recommend to stabilize your iron levels first, then, to decide to have your flight. Hope it answered to your queries! If anything unclear, do not hesitate to contact me back! Dr.Albana