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Geriatric patients and anemia

Published June 19, 2014 11:28 AM by David Plaut

Anemia is a common condition in the elderly (for example, in a study of .6880 individuals, 2905 men and 3975 women, aged 65-95 [mean age 72.5], mild anemia [hemoglobin levels <10 g/dL] was found in 6.1% of women and 8.1% of men.) The reason that LDH shows up is that there is 20% more LDH in red cells than serum. More than 10% of the population over 70 years have iron and/or vitamin B-12 deficiency.  Here is a flow chart that may help evaluate chronic anemia: http://asheducationbook.hematologylibrary.org/content/2012/1/183/F3.expansion.html

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