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Iron deficiency anemia

  • Alternative Names

    Anemia - iron deficiency

    • Blue color to whites of the eyes
    • Brittle nails
    • Decreased appetite (especially in children)
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Irritability
    • Pale skin color
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore tongue
    • Unusual food cravings (called pica)
    • Weakness

    Note: There may be no symptoms if the anemia is mild.

    Signs and tests
    • Fecal occult blood test
    • Hematocrit and hemoglobin (red blood cell measures)
    • Iron binding capacity (TIBC) in the blood
    • RBC indices
    • Serum ferritin
    • Serum iron level