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1

Give examples of microcytic anaemia

Iron deficiency
Thalassaemia

2

Give examples of normocytic anaemia

Sickle cell
Acute blood loss
Haemolytic

3

Name some megaloblastic macrocytic anaemia

B12 deficiency
Folate deficiency

4

Name some non-megaloblastic macrocytic anaemia

Alcohol
Liver disease
Pregnancy

5

If B12 or folate deficiency is suspected, what blood tests should be done?

Haematinics - B12, folate and ferritin

6

If iron deficiency anaemia is suspected, what blood tests should be done?

Iron studies:

Iron
Total Iron binding capacity - transferrin
Transferrin saturation
Ferritin
Soluble transferrin receptor

7

What kind of anaemia is caused in hypothyroidism?

Normo or macrocytic

8

When could Hb electrophoresis be requested?

When Thalassaemia or sickle cell anaemia is suspected

9

What marker is raised if there has been haemolysis?

Bilirubin

10

What is polycythemia?

Increased concentration of red blood cells in the blood

11

What are some causes of relative polycythemia?

Acute dehydration
Chronic due to HTN, smoking etc

12

What are some causes of absolute polycythemia

Primary = polycythemia ruba Vera
Secondary = due to increased EPO - renal cell carcinoma
Or due to hypoxia - COPD, altitude, congenital cyanotic heart disease