Anemia, a common problem encountered by the family physician, is often fortuitously discovered. Anemia is a reduction of hemoglobin (Hgb) in the blood or hematocrit (Hct), which is the red blood cell (RBC) volume (Table 125.1). Similar to fever, anemia should be regarded as a sign of underlying disease. Furthermore, even though anemia is often seen in the elderly, it is not a consequence of advancing age.1 When anemia is detected, further evaluation is warranted.
KeywordsAplastic Anemia Mean Corpuscular Volume Folate Deficiency Reticulocyte Count Thymic Carcinoma
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