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Question: What are common causes of IRON deficiency?

Answer:

Iron deficiency results from dietary causes, malabsorption (sprue, postgastrectomy patients), chronic blood loss (gastrointestinal, menstrual loss and pregnancy), and chronic intravascular hemolysis. The last mentioned is usually seen in the rare stem cells disorder paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) or in patients with malfunctioning cardiac valves. Examination of a urine sediment stained for iron discloses iron-laden tubular cells (hemosiderosis)

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