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A 51-year-old female has had fatigue, weakness, and SOB with exertion during the past 4-5 days. She called her PCP who recommended she had hemoglobin checked. He called her back with the results, and told her to go to the ER for further treatment of severe anemia.
VS: mild tachycardia, no hypotension.
General appearance: pale, non-icteric. The rest of the exam was unremarkable.
CBC and CMP
What is the most likely diagnosis?
Severe anemia that is symptomatic with fatigue and shortness of breath (SOB).
What are the likely causes of anemia in this patient?
What laboratory workup would you order? Would you transfuse this patient? How would you treat this patient?
Read the rest of the case here: Hemoglobin 4.2 mg/dL due to Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia from Clinical Cases and Images.
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