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    Old 03-22-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
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    Question Help!!! Is It Anemia Of Iron Def. In My Toddler???

    I have had numerous problems with my son, he always seems ill, weak, pale. In his blood tests over the past two years there are few things that have always been consistent:
    UREA - always high
    LDH- always high
    Uric Acid & GGTP always low
    CRP AND ESR - sometimes high

    In addition to this he has a constant low grade fever, swollen lymph nodes in neck (for over a year), his chest and stomach, enlarged spleen, and rashes.

    I have been told since he was 6 months old that he has iron deficiency anemia. They put him on oral iron, and have even tripled it. His Hb responds and gets better, but then falls while he is still on iron. He is now almost 3 years old and the doc's talk to me like I am an idiot. Like I don't give him the iron he requires. I have been very persistant and regular about his iron. His ped. doc told me that he doesn't think it is anemia of iron definciency but of a chronic illness.

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a Rheumy doc who looked at my son's bloodwork from 3 months of age and said that it can't be anemia of iron def. as he always has a high UREA. He redid his bloodwork and this is what the results were
    WBC 8.3
    RBC 5.1
    HGB 102
    HCT 0.32
    MCV 62
    MCH 20
    MCHC 320
    RDW 21.2
    Lymphocytes 2.99 (which is also always low in his bloodwork)
    Urea 8.4
    LDH 234
    GGTP 10
    URic Acid 161
    Ferritin 11
    TIBC 81
    Iron 2
    Saturation 0.02

    Does anyone have any idea's?? His Ferritin is within normal limits as is his MCHC, even though they are low they are still normal and usually are. This is a kid that has been on iron straight since last november 2x daily, and off/on since he was 6 months old.

    I would appreciate any insight!

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    Old 03-23-2005, 04:20 AM   #2
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    Re: Help!!! Is It Anemia Of Iron Def. In My Toddler???

    my daughter was two when she was dx with anemia... of course first thing they checked was for lukemia, etc..... she was always tired and wanted to eat ice all of the time... all her test were good except her hemoglobin which was only a 5!!!!! after being in the hospital for a day she was sent home on the awful iron drops... she got use ot them but they did make here teeth gray for a while... I was told to cut way back on her milk intake??? which we did and after 6 months she was back to normal.....

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