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Clinical Question: Does my patient have anemia due to a nutritional deficiency?

Item Value
ID 11
Question Does my patient have anemia due to a nutritional deficiency?
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AlgorithmDescription Using a screening CBC, one can use the MCV to decide whether testing for iron deficiency (MCV<80) or vitamin B12 deficiency (MCV>100) should be pursued. Cutoffs vary widely in the literature in regards to a definitive diagnosis so where appropriate, these have been indicated. There may be a considerable amount of overlap in testing and nutritional anemias may occur in the setting of chronic inflammation which will alter the typical lab values expected.
ICD10 D50,D51,D52


Tests associated with this clinical question:

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ID Test Code Test Name Comment
56 VB12 Ferritin Not Specified
57 MMA Iron, Plasma / Serum Not Specified
58 FERR Hemochromatosis, Hereditary Not Specified
59 IRON Ferritin Not Specified
60 FE Iron, Plasma / Serum Not Specified


Clinical Algorithm:

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