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How can anaemia be diagnosed?

Q: I am a 39 years old woman feeling dizziness for the past 3 weeks. I feel sleepy after meals. I have done my blood sugar level and urine tests; the reports were normal. My blood pressure is also normal – 82/120 mmHg. Am I suffering from anaemia?

A:The diagnosis of anaemia is made by estimating the level of haemoglobin in the blood. If the value is less than 12.0 g/dl, then you are suffering from anaemia. It should then be investigated with an examination of the peripheral blood film and reticulocyte count so that the underlying cause for anaemia is found.

Dizziness can be a symptom of many diseases. Rather than going in for tests on your own, it would be best if you consulted a physician who can take a history, do a complete physical examination and then suggest appropriate investigations.


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