Anemia is defined as a low hemoglobin level. There are three types of anemia. Microcytic hypochromic anemia is one of the most occurring types.

Hypochromic microcytic anemia symptoms, causes,

Signs, symptoms, and lab diagnosis of microcytic hypochromic anemia is different from other kinds of anemia.

Clinical Laboratory finding in Hypochromic microcytic anemia

Following are the lab finding in microcytic hypochromic anemia

  1. Red Blood Cells (RBC) size decrease as compared to normal size.
  2. Hemoglobin will decrease in amount.
  3. Mean carpusal volume (MCV) will be less than 83 fl.
  4. Mean carpusal Hemoglobin (MCH) will be less than 27 pg.
  5. Mean carpusal hemoglobin concentration will be below 32 g/dl.

5 main causes of Hypochromic microcytic anemia (mnemonic )

Causes of microcytic anemia remembered by mnemonic “L.I.S.T

  1. Iron deficiency
  2. lead poisoning
  3. Sidroblastic anemia
  4. Hereditary causes
  5. Chronic disease

Signs and symptoms of Hypochromic microcytic anemia

Hypochromic microcytic anemia symptoms, causes,
  1. Weakness
  2. Headache
  3. Pale skin
  4. Dizziness

What are the microcytic anemia diagnosis

  1. Hemoglobin estimation
  2. Total Red Blood cells count
  3. MCV, MCH, MCHC estimation.
  4. Peripheral blood smear

Microcytic anemia definition

“Micocytic” means small in size. In microcytic anemia, red blood cells are smaller in size compare to normal red blood cells on blood film. In microcytic anemia, the MCV (mean capsule volume ) of RBC is less than normal MCV.

Hypochromic definition

“Hypochromic” means light in color as compare to normal color. In the case of microcytic hypochromic anemia, there is a smaller RBC with light red in color. The red color of RBC is due to hemoglobin, when there is a small quantity of Hemoglobin (Hb), there will be less MCH, MCHC, and light color of RBC on blood film.

What are the 5 KEY causes of hypochromic microcytic anemia ?

1. Iron deficiency
2. Thalassemia
3. Chronic Disease
4. lead poisoning
5. Sidreoblastic anemia

What are effect on CBC report in hypochromic anemia?

CBC report consist of Hb, MCV, MCHC , MCH and other blood cells.
In the case of hypochromic anemia, mcv > 80 fl , mch, mchc will be in low range.

what are 5 main symptoms of microcytic anemia in children?

1. Weakness
2. Pale skin
3. Dizziness
4. shortness of breath
5. Poor in study

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