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Hemostatic Disordersa 

Hemostatic Disordersa
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Hemostatic Disordersa
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Rajiv K. Pruthi

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10.1093/med/9780190464868.003.0038
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date: 19 October 2019

Anemia is a reduction in the mass of healthy circulating red blood cells (RBCs). It results from 1 of 3 mechanisms: 1) inadequate production of RBCs by the bone marrow (ie, marrow failure, intrinsic RBC synthetic defects, or lack of essential RBC components such as vitamins); 2) blood loss; or 3) premature destruction of RBCs (ie, hemolysis). Microcytic anemia indicates the presence of small RBCs (mean corpuscular volume <80 fL). The most common forms of anemia are microcytic.

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