Low red blood cell count

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Anemia is a condition with too little healthy red blood cells. Most often this is due to less red blood cells, but it can also be caused by a lack of the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells. It can be discovered with blood tests.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Low red blood cell count

Possible Causes

  • Helicobacter pylori infection

    Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori, is a bacteria that is commonly found in the stomach of approximately half the world's population.The vast majority of people have no symptoms. However, H. pylori is capable of causing a number of digestive problems, including ulcers and, rarely, stomach cancer. H. pylori bacteria may spread through direct contact with saliva, vomit, feces or contaminated food or water.

  • Hepatic cancer

    Cancer of the liver. There are several causes including chronic viral infections and persistent inflammation.

  • Rectal cancer

    Rectal cancer is cancer that begins in the rectum. Malignant, or cancerous cells form in the tissue of the rectum and can spread to other parts of your body.

  • Gastric cancer
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • von Willebrand disease (vWD)

  • Sigmoid colon cancer
  • Multiple myeloma (MM)
  • GIST
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you been diagnosed with low red blood cell count (anemia) on the most recent blood test?

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