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What does a low hematocrit mean?
A person who has a low hematocrit is referred to as being anemic. There are many reasons for anemia. Some of the more common reasons are loss of blood (traumatic injury, surgery, bleeding, and colon cancer), nutritional deficiency (iron, vitamin B12, folate), bone marrow problems (replacement of bone marrow by cancer, suppression by chemotherapy drugs, kidney failure), and abnormal hemoglobin (sickle cell anemia). Continue Reading
Braunwald, Eugene, et al. Harrisons's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
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