Anemia is in the eye of the classifier. While that’s not as elegant as the “beauty-beholder” saying, it’s much more important. To be able to effectively treat and diagnose anemia, “You have to know what is causing the decrease in red cells,” said Sherrie Perkins, MD, PhD, speaking at an AACC workshop this year.
There are plenty of definitions to choose from, said Dr. Perkins, of the University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City. At the most basic level, she noted, anemia is a pathologic condition marked by a reduced capacity of blood to transport and deliver adequate oxygen to tissues. In short, anemia is a manifestation of disease, not a disease itself.
The most common CBC parameters used to establish anemia include hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, red blood cell concentration, and mean corpuscular hemoglobin. “That will give us some very good information,” but it’s far from perfect, she said, since hemoglobin concentration…(Read More Here)