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Anemia due to Bone Marrow Suppression

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What is Anemia?

Anemia is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. The red blood cells (RBCs) carry oxygen to all parts of the body. They are made in the bone marrow and some chemotherapy affects the bone marrow’s ability to make blood cells. When the bone marrow is suppressed (i.e. from chemotherapy), it can lower the red blood cell count. The RBC count is monitored using two numbers: Hemoglobin (Hgb), and Hematocrit (Hct). Hgb is most often used.

Hgb Guidelines:
Hgb >11Normal
Hgb 9-11Watch
Hgb May need a transfusion

Signs and symptoms of anemia

  • Pale lips, skin, and nailbeds
  • Fatigue, more frequent or prolonged naps than usual
  • Dizziness, weakness, or headaches
  • Shortness of breath, or rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate

Notify the physician or nurse if your child has any of these symptoms.


Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 07/00

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