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Iron Deficiency

Not enough iron to make heme.Caused by: Poor diet in infants, Pregnancy in females. In the elderly it affects individuals with colon polyps/carcinoma or hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenale and Nectaor Americans).
Peptic ulcer disease in men. Excessive menstruation in women are also factors. Gastrectomies and GI bleeding as well.

Microcytic, hypochromic anemia
Koilonychia (spoon shaped nails)
↑TIBC ↓ferritin, serum iron, saturation
↑protoporphyrin, --ALA


Plummer-Vinson Syndrome

Iron deficiency with esophageal web and atrophic glossitis

Microcytic, hypochromic anemia
Beefy red tongue


Anemia of Chronic Dieseae

Chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, renal disease, cancer, or autoimmune diseases appear as infections to the body which will try to sequester hepcidin so that the “bacteria” will not have access to stored iron.

Normocytic or Microcytic, hypochromic anemia
↑ferritin ↓TIBC, serum iron, saturation


Sideroblastic Anemia

Lead poisoning, vitamin B6 deficiency, copper deficiency and isoniazid treatment.
Microcytic sideroblastic anemia (excess iron in mitochondria since not used for heme synthesis)
↓ALA, Protoporpyrin
↑ferritin, serum Iron, saturation ↓TIBC

B6 Dificeincy:
↑Methionine, Homocysteine


Lead Poisoning

Lead inhibits ferrocheletase stopping the production of heme

Microcytic sideroblastic anemia
Coarse basophilic stippling in erythrocytes (inhibits rRNA degradation)
↑ALA, Protoporpyrin
↑ferritin, serum Iron, saturation ↓TIBC
Lead lines on metaphyses of long bones


Folate Deficiency

Lack of folate in diet. Usually presents in pregnancy or alcoholics or those taking anti-cancer drugs (5FU, methotrexate, trimethoprime, phenytoin) or those with Sprue or Fiardia lamblia (intestinal malabsorption). Folate is needed for purine synthesis so if not present cells grow larger and larger but cannot divide.

Megoblastic Anemia
PMN nucleus with > 5 lobes
Homocysteinemia with risk of cardiovascular disease
Deficiency develops in 3-4 months
Normal Methylmalonic Acid


B12 Defeciency

Lack of parietal cells due to autoimmune disorder in the stomach lead to intrinsic factor deficiency or damage to terminal ileum (Crohn Disease or Dihyllobotrium latum (tapeworm)). B12 is used in odd chain FA degradation, the degradation of AA acids, and the synthesis of purines.

Megoblastic Anemia
PMN nucleus with > 5 lobes
Homocysteinemia with risk of cardiovascular disease
Methylmelonic Aciduria: goes to neurons and into myelin sheaths
Progressive Peripheral Neuropathy
Deficiency develops in years


Hereditary Spherocytosis

Inherited defect of RBC cytoskeleton-membrane tethering proteins, usually ankyrin, spectrin or band 3. RBC’s become sphere shaped and picked up by macrophages in spleen

Positive osmotic fragility test
Increased risk of Provirus B19
If a splenectomy is given spherocytes persist and Howell-Jolly bodies (fragmented RBC’s appear)


Sickle Cell Anemia

Autosomal recessive mutation in B-chain of hemoglobin. Substitution of normal glutamic acid to valine. Heterozygotes are protected against falciparum. HbS polymerizes when deoxygenated. Hydroxyurea increases HbF protective effect.

Autosomal Recessive
Hypoxemia, dehydration and acidosis
Increased risk of Provirus B19
Extravascular Hemolysis, hyperplasia
Increased risk of Provirus B19
Sickled Cells and Target Cells, Howell-Jolly Bodies
Leg Ulcers


Hemoglobin C

Autosomal recessive mutation in B-chain of hemoglobin. Substitution of normal glutamic acid with lysine.

Extravascular Hemolysis
HbC crystals in blood smear


Paroxymal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (Dark Urine)

Defect in myeloid stem cells resulting in glycophophatidylinositol (GPI) which forms DAF which usually protects cells from destruction by complement (C3).

Intravascular Hemolysis
Mild respiratory acidosis activates complement
Results in Iron deficiency and AML


Glycogen 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency

Not necessarily genetic. Africans have episodes under high oxidative stresses such as infections, sulfa drugs and fava bean ingestion. Mediterranean peoples have chronic condition because the level of enzyme is low all the time.

Heinz Bodies, Bite Cells
Intravascular Hemolysis/Extravascular Hemolysis
Immunodeficiency: Inactivation of NADPH oxidase in neutrophils because no NADPH


IgG Immune Hemolytic Anemia

Antibody-mediated destruction of RBC’s. Usually associated with SLE, CLL and drugs (penicillin and cephalosporins). To treat remove drugs, give steroids, IVIG and if necessary splenectomy.

Intravascular/Extravascular Hemolysis
Positive Coombs test


IgM Immune Hemolytic Anemia

Antibody-mediated destruction of RBC’s. RBC’s fix complement in the relatively cold temperature of the extremities.

Intravascular Hemolysis
Extravascular Hemolysis
Triggered by cold


Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia

(TTP-HUS, DIC, and HELLP): Aortic stenosis, and microthrombi shear RBS’s. Macroangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia may be caused by prosthetic heart valves.



Aplastic Anemia

Damage to hematopoitec stem cells due to chemical (benzene), drugs (chloramphenicol, sulfa drugs, alkylating agents) viral infections (B19, hep C) and autoimmune damage

Fatty marrow



α-gene deletions of Hmg. cis version more common in asian populations, trans version more common in africans

Hypochromic, microcytic, anemia

1-2 allele deletion: no clinically significant anemia. 3-8% Hb Barts in neonates.

3 allele deletion: HbH disease. Very little α globin. B-globin makes HbH. Hepatomegaly may arise. 20-50% Barts in neonates.

4 allele deletion: 100% Hb Barts. Incompatible with life. Hydrops fetalis.



Point mutation in splice sites and promoter sequences decreases β globin synthesis. Prevalent in Mediterranean populations. Neonates not affected

Hypochromic, microcytic, anemia.

β-thalessemia minor (heterozygote): Usually asymptomatic. ↑ HbA2 (3.5%)

β-thalessemia major (homozygote):
Marrow expansion ("crew cut"). Chipmunk facies. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. Hepatosplenomegaly.
↑ HbA2, HbF. Target Cells


Orotic Aciduria

Inability to cnvert orotic acit to UMP (de novo pyrimidine synthesis pathway) because of defect in UMP synthase.

Megaloblastic anemia
No hyperammonemia
Hypersegmented neutrophils
Orotic aciduria


Myelophthisic Process

Pathologic process (usually metastatic cancer) that replaces the bone marrow.

Teardrop cells