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1 Classification of Anemia (Adults)
Teoman SOYSAL Prof. MD

2 Definition of anemia Anemia: A reduction in
red cell mass O2-carrying capacity It is expressed in terms of reduction in the concentration of Hb (or RBC or Hct%) compared to values obtained from a reference population. (2 SD below normal)

3 Reference values (I) Parameter Female Male
RBC (x1012/L) Hb (g/dL) Htc (%)

4 Reference values (II) Ret (% / n) 0.5-2.5 / 50-100x109/L MCV (fl) 90+7
MCH (pg) MCHc (g/dL) 34+2 RDW (%)

5 RBC % 50 fl 100 200

6 Reticulocyte Normal Ranges Male: % 0.8 - 2.5 Female: % 0.8 - 4.1
Corrected Rtc: Patient Hb/Normal Hb x Rtc % Reticulocytosis: > /mm3


8 Definition of anemia Hb level of a patient which is below the normal ranges of that age and sex. For adults: WHO criteria define anemia as hemoglobin level lower than 12 g/dL in women and 13 g/dL in men But: The reference values for red cells ,Hb or Hct may difer according to sex/age Race Altitude Socioeconomical changes Study/reference etc


10 Age and blood count changes
WBC Neutrophyls Eos. Baso Lenfo Mono Hb 12 mo 6-17.5 0-0.20 4-10.5 4 y 5.5-15 2-8 0-0.8 6 y 5-14.5 1.5-8 0-0.65 1.5-7 10 y 4.5-13 1.8-8 0-0.60 21 y 4.5-11 0-0.45 1-4.8 E: 16 K: 14 WBC: x10E3/mm3 Hb:g/dL

11 !!!!! Plasma volume changes have to be considered before determining a diagnosis of anemia . Volume contraction:Underestimation of anemia Volume overload: Underestimation of Hb level

12 Volume changes/acute bleeding and anemia
1 2 3 4 5 b a Increased plasma volume Hct: Low Dehydration Hct:Increased normal Hct (a/b%):Normal Acute blood loss(early) Hct:unchanged Chronic anemia Hct: Low

13 !!!!! A normal Hb in a patient in whom an elevated Hb level is expected may represent anemia .(eg:COPD + Hb:N)

14 !!!!!! Eg: Low Hb, high RBC, low MCV Hb: 10 g/dL (anemia)
Different red cell measures of the same patient may give discordant values in special conditions. (eg:Thalassemia trait) Eg: Low Hb, high RBC, low MCV Hb: 10 g/dL (anemia) RBC: 6.5 million/mm3 (erythrocytosis) MVC : 70 fL

15 !!!! Anemia is rarely a disease by itself,
It is mostly a manifestation or consequence of an underlying (genetic or acquired) disease. The finding of anemia has to start attempts to disclose an underlying disease . What is the cause of anemia ?

16 Anemia leads to two symptom complexes;
Tissue hypoxia Fatigue,dyspnea on exertion etc Compensatory attempts Tachycardia,hyperventilation etc

17 O2 carrying capacity of normal blood:1.34 ml/g-Hb (200 ml/L-blood)
The amount of O2 necessary to support life is : 250 ml/min O2 carrying capacity of normal blood:1.34 ml/g-Hb (200 ml/L-blood) Cardiac output: 5000 ml/min O2 delivery to tissues : 1000 ml/min

18 Reduced levels of Hb results with reduced oxygen delivery to tissues , leading to tissue hypoxia.
The symptoms and findings of anemia concern many different systems/organs due to the widespread nature of hypoxia.

19 The most pronounced effects and symptoms derive from
skeletal muscles, heart,and central nervous system (due to their greater oxygen demand and compensatory actions). What is the mechanism underlying compensatory mechanisms ?

20 Hypoxia-Inducible Transcription Factor 1
A DNA binding protein Regulated by the O2 tension Regulates genes that promote cell survival under hypoxic conditions Up-reg. EPO gene Up-reg.Glycolytic enzyme genes Up-reg. Angiogenesis Respiratory control Energy metabolism

21 HIF-1 Erythropoiesis Angiogenesis and vascular tone EPO
EPO producing cells Vasc. endothelium Muscle heart liver kidney Energy metabolism Decreased O2 consumption HIF-1 All cells Carotid body Glomus cells Iron metabolism Respiration

22 Compensating mechanisms in anemia:
The release of oxygen to the tissues is increased (reduced oxygen affinity of Hb)

23 Compensating mechanisms in anemia
The rate of blood circulation and cardiac output increases. An increase in plasma volume maintains total blood volume in normal or near normal ranges. Redistribution of blood flow.

24 The severity of the symptoms of anemia are related to;
Different patients may have different severity of symptoms even for the same level of Hb. The severity of the symptoms of anemia are related to; The severity of anemia The age,CVS,pulmonary status etc of the patient The rate of the development of anemia Gradual or Rapid onset

25 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (1)
The symptoms and findings are related to anemia itself or to the underlying disease that causes anemia . The symptoms and findings related to anemia itself will be mentioned during this course.

26 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (2)
Fatigue, weakness Tiredness, lassitude, reduced exercise tolerence Generalized muscular weakness Pallor /skin or mucous membranes Skin color may change due to other reasons; eg :Blood flow of skin, subcutaneous fluid , pigment changes

27 Pallor (paleness): Look at
Mucous membranes of mouth and pharynx Conjunctivae,lips, nail beds,palms Creases of the palms lose their pink colour when the Hb < 7g/dL In pernicious anemia there is a lemon yellow pallor. Pallor + mild scleral icterus suggests hemolytic anemia. Pallor+ petechiae suggests severe bone marrow failure

28 Some other skin/mucosal changes
Premature graying of hair:pern.anemia Hair loss and fragility + spooning of the nails:iron deficiency Chronic leg ulcers:Sickle cell or other hemolytic anemia Glossitis/burning sense :Pern. anemia, iron deficiency(rare) Chelitis(angular stomatitis):iron def. Siideropenic dysphagia: iron def. Painful ulcerative mouth lesions: aplastic anemia/leukemia

29 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (3) Cardiovascular System(1)
Palpitation and dyspnea (during activity) Angina pectoris Claudicatio intermittans Murmurs: Mid systolic (rarely diastolic) , mainly pulmonary valvular or apical or over major peripheral arteries or jugulary veins

30 High output state: Collapsing pulse, high pulse pressure Cardiomegaly
Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (3) Cardiovascular System(2) High output state: Collapsing pulse, high pulse pressure Cardiomegaly Congestive failure Ischemic ECG changes

31 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (4) Central nervous system
Headache Faintness Giddiness Tinnitus Decreased concentration ability Drowsiness,decreased muscle strength Clouding of consciousness Symptoms are more prominent in older patients Paresthesias:Vitamin B12 deficiency (or other).

32 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (5)
Reproductive system Menstrual changes: Amenorrhea , Menorrhagia(mostly a cause of anemia) Loss of libido

33 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (6)
Gastrointestinal system (these symptoms may indicate underlying disorder that might indeed be a cause of anemia) Anorexia Flatulence Nausea Constipation Weight loss These should remind GIS disease as a cause of anemia (eg:a bleeding lesion-ulcer/malignancy etc)

34 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (7)
Ocular Fundi: Pale and sometimes Hemorrhages Papillaedema

35 Clinical symptoms and findings of anemia (8)
Renal Changes Slight proteinuria Concentrating defects Further reduction of renal function in patients with previous renal impairment (Renal failure itself is a cause of anemia!!!!) Pyrexia: Due to a hypermetabolic state or other underlying disease (which may be a cause of anemia)

36 Some Other examples for history and physical examination
The duration of symptoms (acute/insidious) Bleeding ? Nose/skin/urine/mens/stool etc Family history Anemia, gall stones and splenectomy Bleeding disorder Occupation, hobbies,dietary history,alcohol or drug use,travel history etc (toxic/infectious contacts) Ask for skin and hair/nail changes

37 Some Other examples for history and physical examination
Pain / mass / fever/systemic overview for an underlying disease Renal/endocrine/liver disease or Chronic infection/malignancy/imflamatory condition Parasitis Pregnancies Paresthesias ,walking difficulty Sternal or other bone tenderness Splenomegaly, hepatomegaly Lymphadenomegaly

38 Diagnosis and investigation:
Is the patient anemic? What is the type of anemia? What is the cause of anemia?

39 Classification of anemia
Morphologic Normocytic: MCV= fL Macrocytic: MCV > 100 fL Microcytic : MCV < 80 fL Pathogenic (underlying mechanism) Blood loss (bleeding) Decreased RBC production Increased RBC destruction/pooling

40 Normocytic Anemias Acute post-hemorrhagic anemia
Hemolytic anemia (except thalassemia and some other Hb disorders) Aplastic anemia Pure red cell aplasia Bone marrow infiltration Endocrin diseases Renal failure Liver disease Chronic disease anemia Protein malnutrition Hypovitaminosis C

41 Microcytic anemias Iron deficiency anemia Thalassemia
Sideroblastic anemia Lead poisoning Anemia of chronic diseases (some cases)

42 Macrocytic anemias Megaloblastic Non-megaloblastic

43 Megaloblastic Macrocytic Anemias
Vit B12 deficiency Folic acid deficiency Other.

44 Non-megaloblastic Macrocytic Anemias
Anemia of acute bleeding Hemolytic anemias Leukemias (esp: acute) Myelodysplastic syndromes Liver disease Aplastic anemia Diseases infiltrative to the bone marrow Alcoholism Hypothyroidism Scurvy

45 Pathogenic classification (Causes of anemia)
Relative (increased plasma volume) Decreased RBC production Blood loss Anemia due to acute bleeding Increased RBC destruction

46 Pathogenic classification (Causes of anemia)
Decreased RBC production Decreased Hb production Defective DNA synthesis Stem cell defects Pluripotent stem cell Erythroid stem cell(progenitors) Other less defined reasons Blood loss Anemia due to acute bleeding Increased RBC destruction Relative(increased plasma volume)

47 Decreased Hb production
Iron deficiency anemia Thalassemia Sideroblastic anemia Lead poisoning

48 Defective DNA synthesis
Vit B12 deficiency Folic acid deficiency Other.

49 Pluripotent stem cell defects
Aplastic anemia Leukemia or myelodysplastic syndromes Defective erythroid stem cell Pure red cell aplasia Anemia of chronic renal failure Endocrin disease anemia Congenital dyserythropoetic anemias

50 Decreased RBC production due to multipl or undefined mechanisms
Anemia of chronic diseases Bone marrow infiltration Anemia due to nutritional defects

51 Anemias caused by increased RBC destruction (hemolytic anemias)
Can be classified as; Hemolysis due to intracorpuscular defects Hemolysis due to extracorpuscular defects Or Hereditary hemolytic diseases Acquired hem. diseases Intravascular hemolysis Extravascular hemolysis etc.

52 A Very Simple Classification of Hemolytic Anemias
Intracorpuscular 1- Abnormalities of RBC interior a. Enzyme defects b. Hemoglobinopathies & Thalassemia M 2-RBC membrane abnormalities a. Hereditary spherocytosis, elliptocytosis etc b. Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria c. Spur cell anemia 3- Extrinsic factors a. Hypersplenism b. Antibody : immune hemolysis c. Traumatic & Microangiopathic hemolysis d. Infections , toxins , etc Hereditary Extracorpuscular Acquired

53 Is the patient anemic ? RBC count HB level Hct level Volume status

54 What is the type of anemia?
History and physical exam. RBC,HB,Hct , MCV, MCH,RDW Red cell morphology ( peripheral smear) Reticulocyte count Incresed ? Other Lab. investigations

55 Lab. investigation of anemia(1)
WBC count and differential Platelet count and morphology ESR Biochemistry, special tests and others Bone marrow exam.(only when indicated)

56 Lab. investigation of anemia(2)
Serum values of Iron TIBC Ferritin Bilirubins Proteins / electrophoresis LDH Vit B12 and /or Folic acid (None of these tests are routine screening tests)

57 Lab. Investigation of Anemia(3)
Red cell enzymes Hb F,A2,Hb electrophoresis Coombs tests Liver, renal, endocrin functional tests Urinalysis Hemosiderin Occult GIS bleeding / parasites etc (tests should be chosen individually-do not order routinly )

58 Investigation of a microcytic hypochromic anemia
Blood Film Serum Iron Serum iron high Serum iron normal/high Serum iron low Marrow for iron Hemoglobin studies Ferritin level Low Normal / High Sideroblastic anemia Thalassemia İron deficiency Anemia of Abnormal Hb chronic disease

59 Bone marrow morphology hemolysis acute blood loss
Investigation of a normocytic, normochromic anemia Reticulocyte count Retic. normal / low Retic. high Bone marrow morphology hemolysis acute blood loss  Normal Abnormal Hypoplastic infiltration dysplastic Secondary anemia eg. Inflammation aplastic anemia leukemia myelodysplasia liver disease myelofibrosis Renal failure metastases endocrine failure response to anemia treatment

60 Macrocytic anemia (MCV: high)
Blood film Reticulocyte count Retic. High Retic. Normal/low Bone marrow Non-megaloblastic Megaloblastic Acute blood loss or Hemolytic anemia normoblastic dysplastic(MDS) folate or B12 levels (Other macrocytic anemias) folate Vit B12 deficiency deficiency Treatment response

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