Misdiagnosis of Anemia
Undiagnosed Anemia: The tiredness and similar symptoms can be mild enough that people donít notice that something is wrong. Or patients may attribute their puffing after exercise to poor physical conditioning.
Anemia in Pregnancy: Anemia is a common problem in pregnancy. Here too, it can be overlooked by the patient, and it is important to watch for the symptoms of anemia, and to ask your doctor about testing for anemia. Childbirth and related bleeding is a risk for anemia. A new mother, or a nursing mother, is also at risk of anemia. And having a second pregnancy closely following the first one is also a risk. Creating babies uses a lot of iron from the mother.
Undiagnosed Rare Types of Anemia: Some types of anemia can be difficult to diagnose, for similar reasons to other classic types of anemia. Some of the types with difficult diagnoses include:
Hidden Causes of Anemia: Anemia can be the complication of other diseases, where there is bleeding, loss of iron, poor iron absorption, and so on:
- Internal Bleeding
- Peptic Ulcer (Stomach Ulcer; Duodenal Ulcer; Intestinal Ulcer). May cause loss of blood from internal digestive tract bleeding.
- Bowel Infections.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Crohnís disease (type of IBD)
- Ulcerative Colitis (type of IBD)
- Bleeding Disorders
- Menstrual Disorders (heavy periods)
- Vitamin B12 deficiency. May cause Pernicious Anemia.
- Poisoning. Certain types of poisoning may cause anemia.
- Bone marrow disorders. Production of red blood cells is impeded.
- Radiation exposure. Damages bone marrow.
- Kidney failure
- Folic acid deficiency
- Adverse reaction to medications
- Rhesus isoimmunisation
Other Disorders With Vague Symptoms: Anemia is only one of many different disorders with mild or vague symptoms. Tiredness and fatigue is a common symptom of a number of different diseases, all of which have difficult issues in diagnosis. The differential diagnosis list might include:
- Chronic Mild Fever
- Lyme Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lupus (SLE)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Disorders
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Source: NHLBI (NIH)1
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Mild to moderate anemia may cause very mild symptoms or none at all.
Source: NHLBI (NIH)2
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Many people living with anemia may not realize they have it. They might have mild symptoms or none at all.
Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)3
Related Misdiagnosis Issues
Complex diagnosis issues or misdiagnosis may occur with conditions such as:
- Hemochromatosis Misdiagnosis
- Leukemia Misdiagnosis
- Vitamin B12 Deficiency Misdiagnosis
- Von Willebrandís Disease Misdiagnosis
- Pregnancy Misdiagnosis
- Crohnís Disease Misdiagnosis
- Ulcerative colitis Misdiagnosis
- Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis
- Lupus Misdiagnosis
- Diabetes Misdiagnosis
- Depression Misdiagnosis
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Allergies Misdiagnosis
- Thyroid Disease Misdiagnosis
- Asthma Misdiagnosis
- Heart Disease Misdiagnosis
- Palpitations Misdiagnosis
- Hemochromatosis: Undiagnosed Hemochromatosis: Because of its slow and insidious onset, hemochromatosis can remain undiagnosed for years or decades. A person may
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- Leukemia: Undiagnosed Chronic Leukemia: The early signs of some forms of chronic leukemia are quite mild, and may remain undiagnosed for
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- Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Vitamin B12 deficiency is a disorder that can be asymptomatic or have vague or varying symptoms, and hence can remain
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- Von Willebrandís Disease: Any type of excessive menstrual bleeding in women could well be undiagnosed Von Willebrandís disease. This is a bleeding disorder
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- Pregnancy: The management of pregnancy is a major medical issue and there are various diagnostic concerns. See your doctor for the
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- Crohnís Disease: Other Chronic Digestive Disorders: A variety of other digestive diseases cause ulceration in the digestive tract. Some of the possibilities
... More on Crohnís Disease »
- Ulcerative colitis: Undiagnosed complications: There are a number of complications of Ulcerative Colitis that need to be carefully watched for:
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- Lyme Disease: Diagnosis of Vague Symptoms: Lyme disease is a difficult disease to diagnose and can give very varied symptoms. If the
... More on Lyme Disease »
- Lupus: Undiagnosed SLE: The diagnosis of SLE is extremely difficult, is often delayed, and misdiagnosis is common. Blood tests can confirm
... More on Lupus »
- Diabetes: The most likely diagnostic problem with diabetes is failure to diagnose it early because patients do not recognize its early
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- Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ ida/ diagnosis
- Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ anemia/ signs
- Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ jan2014/ feature2
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