Why is My Patient Anemic?

Locke Johnson Bryan, Neil A. Zakai

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Anemia is a decreased number of circulating red blood cells and is a common medical condition faced in clinical practice. Anemia is caused by loss of red blood cells, destruction of red blood cells, decreased production of red blood cells, or a combination of these processes. Through a clinical history, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation the provider must identify the process by which the patient is anemic. Often the cause of anemia is straightforward; however, the cause can be challenging, requiring a thorough knowledge of both hematology and general medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-230
Number of pages26
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Anemia
  • Blood cell count
  • Clinical medicine
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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