Low Red Blood Cell Count

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

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

  • Colonic polyp

    Colonic polyps are benign growths that appear on the inner lining of your large intestine. They have a small chance of turning malignant, or cancerous, over the next 5-15 years, hence require monitoring by a doctor.

  • 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.

  • Anemia

    Anemia is a disorder in which the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen due to insufficient healthy red blood cells. There are several types anemia with various causes, the most common being iron-deficiency anemia which is a result of insufficient iron. Iron is required to produce haemoglobin, a substance in the red blood cells which help carry oxygen.

  • Colon cancer
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Gastric cancer
  • Hepatic cancer
  • Gastroduodenal ulcer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism

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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  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

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Reviewed By:

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD (Emergency department)

Unnati Patel

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (GP / Family doctor)

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