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Hipocromía - Overview

Definición:

Significa que los glóbulos rojos tienen menos color de lo normal al examinarlos bajo un microscopio. Esto generalmente ocurre cuando no hay suficiente cantidad del pigmento que transporta el oxígeno (hemoglobina) en los glóbulos rojos.

La causa más común de hipocromía en los Estados Unidos es la deficiencia de hierro. La causa de esta afección debe ser evaluada por el médico.

  • Reviewed last on: 3/21/2010
  • Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; James R. Mason, MD, Oncologist, Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and Stem Cell Processing Lab, Scripps Clinic, Torrey Pines, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

Referencias

Ginder GD. Microcytic and hypochromic anemias. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 163.

Brittenham G. Disorders of iron metabolism: iron deficiency and iron overload. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ, Shattil SS, et al, eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 36.

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