Flashcards in Pharm 12-Anemia Deck (46)
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues.
What's required to produce RBCs?
kidney, bone marrow, iron, protein
Process which produces red blood cells
Describe the process of erythropoiesis.
1. Kidney senses hypoxia (anemia) and increases endogenous erythropoietin production
2. Erythropoietin acts on E-progenitor cells in bone marrow to produce new RBCs
3. Kidney sense increased tissue oxygenation
4. Kidney decreases erythropoietin production
What's the life of a normal RBC?
What percent of your blood do you lose every day?
HCT lowered; bone marrow hasn't responded
What are some reasons that our patients will be anemic?
Renal failure, clinical vampirism, trauma, cancer, pregnant, "little old ladies"
How do perfusionists cause anemia?
Dilutional anemia, hemolysis, stupid perfusion practices
What can you do to combat anemia?
Start mannitol drip, but not much you can do as a perfusionist
What patients only want their own blood in their vasculature?
What are the 4 anemia therapeutics?
3. Folic Acid (B9)
What is required for the hemoglobin molecule to carry O2?
Where is iron stored?
Intestinal mucosal cells, liver, spleen, and bone marrow as ferritin
What causes iron deficiency?
Inadequate iron stores and/or intake
What's a disadvantage of iron injections?
What's a disadvantage of oral iron supplements?
What does iron deficiency anemia classically cause?
Hypochromic, microcytic anemia; improper red blood cell production
smaller cell than normal
Hypochromic anemia is a generic term for any type of anemia in which the red blood cells (erythrocytes) are paler than normal.
What are some causes of folic acid deficiency?
Pregnancy, lactation, intestinal pathology (Crohn's Disease) preventing absorption, alcoholism, certain drugs
What is required for DNA synthesis?
What is the rate limiting step for the formation of RBCs?
Ability to engage in DNA synthesis (not erythropoietin kicking in the bone marrow)
What does folate deficiency classically cause?
RBCs larger than normal
What is the most common cause of B12 deficiency?
Poor B12 absorption
What is the anemia caused by B12 deficiency called?
Pernicious anemia is a decrease in red blood cells that occurs when your intestines cannot properly absorb vitamin B12
How is anemia from B12 deficiency treated?
Folic acid (b/c of megaloblastic anemia)