Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
185 Doctors are Online

History of Dermatomyositis. Anemia panel and SPE suggested. Suggestions?

My WBC is 3.35; my RBC is 3.76; my HGB is 11.6; my HCT is 35.3. The Dr. wants to run an Anemia Panel and SPE in a month. I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis a few years ago. Is there anything I could do to enhance my blood work for this next lab. I am a competitive athlete and need all the energy I can find. Thanks for any suggestions you are able to share.
Asked On : Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  122
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
The blood reports reveal that you are slightly anemic.
The hemoglobin level is 11.6 gm% as compared to atleast 12 gm% in healthy people.
Thus, a anemia panel needs to be done to find out the type of anemia.
The anemia panel included RBC indices like MCV, MCH, MCHC, and RDW.
These parameters will let your treating doctor know the type of anemia that you are suffering from.
Depending on the type of anemia, treatment can be given accordingly.
Anemia is commonly seen in connective tissue diseases and autoimmune diseases.
Since, you are suffering from dermatomyositis (connective tissue disease and autoimmune disease), it is likely that the anemia is caused by this primary disease.
Treatment of the underlying disease will help to treat the anemia.
Go ahead with the anemia and let me know the results for further help.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sun, 18 Aug 2013
I find this answer helpful

 1 user finds this helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor