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Question: Iron Deficinecy Anemia


 lmfort - Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:07 pm

I have been diagnosied with Iron Deficiency Anemia. Doctor tyring to determine cause. So far they have found mutiple fundic bland polys in stomach, hyperplastic polyp in colon, and ovarian cysts. All came back benign. Since I am having adominal swelling they ordered an ultrasound which shows hepatic cysts on liver. What type of diseases can cause all of these symptoms? Several types of cancers runs in my family. Not sure what type of doctor to go to next?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:11 pm

User avatar Hi Lmfort,

I did some literature searches and didn't find an obvious connection between iron deficiency and hepatic cysts. Iron deficiency either develops from not taking enough iron in or by loosing iron through bleeding. So, the general work up is to look for losses through bleeding (in particular, by the GI tract that is tested for with a hemacult card that detects blood in the stool). If no bleeding is found then the next step is to increase iron in the diet (generally by using an iron supplement).

Regarding the hepatic cyst, there are several possible causes. I would suggest that you follow up with a GI specialist for this. Your primary care doctor can do the work up for the iron deficiency or you can see a hematologist.

Best wishes.

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