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Old 01-22-2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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mother with extemely low hemoglobin

Hi all,
My 77 yr old mother was hospitalized a week ago as she needed a bld transfusion. Her hemaglobin was at 78( range above 125 normal)
after the transfusion she was upto 98,she stayed in the hospital to fine out what is causing her hemaglobin to be so low.
Tests done were ultrasound(legs and abdomen),Ct scan( body) all normal, colonoscopy done 6mos ago (normal) doing stool samples and barium enema.
A week after having the transfusion she has dropped down again( not sure how low but docs concerned)
Ok, she has diabetes,graves disease, emphyema( O2 24/7) , high bld pressure.
Does any one have any ideas???
TIA, kelly

 
Old 01-23-2005, 06:56 PM   #2
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Re: mother with extemely low hemoglobin

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Originally Posted by hypokelly
Hi all,
My 77 yr old mother was hospitalized a week ago as she needed a bld transfusion. Her hemaglobin was at 78( range above 125 normal)
after the transfusion she was upto 98,she stayed in the hospital to fine out what is causing her hemaglobin to be so low.
Tests done were ultrasound(legs and abdomen),Ct scan( body) all normal, colonoscopy done 6mos ago (normal) doing stool samples and barium enema.
A week after having the transfusion she has dropped down again( not sure how low but docs concerned)
Ok, she has diabetes,graves disease, emphyema( O2 24/7) , high bld pressure.
Does any one have any ideas???
TIA, kelly
Considering your mother's age, one of the possible things that could be going on is a slowing down of the bone marrow in replennishing the normal loss of red blood cells. Sometimes as the aging process accelerates, the bone marrow of course ages as well and no longer keeps up with the demand for new healthy red blood cells. Sometimes a glitch occurs and the spleen starts destroying the red blood cells early. There is a disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome, which is the label that is attached to this process. You can google search this and find out if these symptoms apply to your grandmother or not. There are some new treatments out there that have recently been approved by the FDA if you are in the U. S. that are designed to slow down this process and help the patient to regain normal blood counts.

 
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