Emergency Medicine Evaluation and Management of Anemia

Brit Long, Alex Koyfman

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Anemia is a common condition and is diagnosed on laboratory assessment. It is defined by abnormally low hemoglobin concentration or decreased red blood cells. Several classification systems exist. Laboratory markers provide important information. Acute anemia presents with symptoms owing to acute blood loss; chronic anemia may present with worsening fatigue, dyspnea, lightheadedness, or chest pain. Specific treatments depend on the underlying anemia and etiology. Iron is an alternative treatment for patients with microcytic anemia owing to iron deficiency. Hyperbaric oxygen is an option for alternative rescue therapy. Most patients with chronic anemia may be discharged with follow-up if hemodynamically stable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-630
Number of pages22
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Anemia
  • Evaluation
  • Macrocytic
  • Management
  • Microcytic
  • Normocytic
  • Red blood cells
  • Transfusion
  • Transfusion reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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