Home | Calendar | Español | Media Room | Shop | Contact Us

Anemia 1

Our daughter, age 6, recently had a CBC (complete blood count) done for a urinary tract infection and our expressed concern for her very pale color. Her Hct (hematocrit, or measure of red blood cells) was reported to be 22 and her HgB 5 (hemoglobin count, measure of blood-iron compound). Do children with CdLS have a problem absorbing iron?

Your daughter's anemia seems rather severe and should be investigated. I would assume that she has had normal studies in the past (if not, I would make sure there is no other condition present, such as sickle cell disease - unlikely if she's not African-American). I have not found children with CdLS typically having anemia or having a problem absorbing iron. I think it is important for her physician to rule out all possible causes, and thus checking stool for occult blood (blood that comes from an unknown place), considering GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding and, if all else is negative, attributing it to iron deficiency, anemia would be very appropriate.

TK 7-13-10




Ask The Expert Home Page > A > CdLS Expert Entry: Anemia 1

Legal Disclaimer:  Please take note that the CdLS Foundation's Ask the Expert service is comprised of volunteer professionals in various areas of focus. Response times may vary and a response is not guaranteed. Answers are not considered a medical, behavioral, or educational consultation. Ask the Expert is not a substitute for the care and attention your child's personal physician, psychologist, educational consultant, or social worker can deliver.