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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
High iron with low hemoglobin counts
Our 16 year old daughter, who is very active with cross country and track has been told that she has a high iron count with a low hemoglobin count. Her pediatrician is going to have her see a pediatric hematologist. What are the possible causes and treatments of this situation? Many thanks for your prompt reply.
It is hard to know exactly what you mean by a high iron count and low hemoglobin. It could mean that they think she is anemic due to iron deficiency, but I am not sure what you or the doctor meant by "high iron count". Iron deficiency is relatively easy to treat, depending on the cause. I would encourage you to ask the physician what they meant and what they think may be going on.
Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University