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Child has low hemoglobin. Afraid of leukemia

my son is 17 he is 6ft 4 plays basketball he wanted to give blood today at school they told him his hemoglobin is 10.5 I googled it and i am scared to death i see leukemia can cause it i made an appointment for him monday he works out he eats right the only thing that does scare me is he said he runs out of breath when he plays but that does not stop him he also does track could it be dangerous he also eats to much protein bar please write to me with some releif
Asked On : Tue, 22 May 2012
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Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Every low hemoglobin is not going to be leukemia. Do not worry about that.

His low hemoglobin could be responsible for his breathlessness when he runs.

There are a lot of causes of low hemoglobin. One of the most common cause is a nutrition deficient in iron, folic acid and b12 vitamins.
A peripheral smear examination would confirm the diagnosis.
So do not worry regarding the same

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In such scenario the questions are directly forwarded to me .............. and I can answer your queries regarding your kid online regularly.

Hope this helps.
Take care

Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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