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Anemia (Iron Deficiency)

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Red blood cells provide oxygen to your body's tissues. When your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. It can lead you to feel weak and tired, and look pale. There are many forms of anemia, and you should see your physician for a proper diagnosis as anemia can be a sign of a more serious illness.

Physicians of Jefferson's Department of Family Medicine will conduct a thorough examination and order blood tests to diagnose your condition. Depending on the severity of your anemia, treatment options include:

  • A daily multivitamin with iron
  • A change in diet
  • An iron supplementation to provide enough iron in your body
  • A blood transfusion, if severe

If your care warrants input from specialists, Jefferson's Department of Hematology is devoted to research into the causes of a wide variety of diseases of the blood and to the diagnosis and care of patients with blood and lymphatic diseases.

Since anemia can also cause a shortness of breath, you may be seen by a physician of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Jefferson is rated among the best in the nation for Pulmonology by U.S.News & World Report.