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Types of microcytic, hypochromic anemia... Iron deficiency will have a high RDW with low ferritin... Thalassemia's will have normal RDW and elevated ferritin (due to RBC turnover)... after thalassemia is suspected, electrophoresis should be done to distinguish alpha (normal) from beta (elevated HbA2 levels)


Low iron.

Repeated infection results in larval dermatitis with later pulmonary symptoms, microcytic hypochromic anemia from chronic blood loss if heavy infection and poor diet; diagnosis eggs in feces.

Target cells. Red cells with thin membrane, peripheral rim of hemo- globin (Hb), and dark, central, Hb-containing area. They are frequently seen in Hb C disease, in hypochromic anemia, and in liver disease