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Old 04-04-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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what do you do to treat Low hemoglobin count

Hello,

My sister was diagnosed with SLE in Aug 07 and taking Plaquinil. Recently her hemoglobin has gone down to 1. Is it common in people with SLE? She is getting blood transfusion right now. I am just wondering what should she have done to avoid it or re-occur in the future.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Sangee

 
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: what do you do to treat Low hemoglobin count

You may have an incorrect lab value there; if it was 1 she would be dead. <Normally there is not> less than 5 in a trauma. The reason why is that your body tissues (skin and muscle, brain etc) would turn black from lack of oxygen and be dead tissues. Maybe it was 10. Most patients are not transfused until it is less than 8 unless they have terrible symptoms.

There are a lot of reasons for low Hemoglobin, and one is that lupus is breaking it down. There are a lot of reasons actually. You should ask the physician why he believes it was so low and double check that number. Good luck!

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