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Anemia of Chronic Disease

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Robert T. Means, Jr., MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation, Executive Vice Dean, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Anemia of Chronic Disease

  • anemia of chronic inflammation; anemia of inflammation

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Anemia of chronic disease is a condition that can be associated with many different underlying disorders including chronic illnesses such as cancer, certain infections, and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Anemia is characterized by low levels of circulating red blood cells or hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen. Anemia of chronic disease is usually a mild or moderate condition. In mild cases, anemia may not be associated with any symptoms or may cause fatigue, paleness of the skin (pallor) and lightheadedness. The underlying mechanisms that cause anemia of chronic disease are complex and not fully understood.

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