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Dec 8, 2004

I am a recently diagnosed person with t-cell@52 and viral 474 copies, yet my anemia labs are as follow: Red blood cell 2.66 Hemoglobin 8.3 Hematocrit 25.5 I have been taking procrit shots over the last 5 weeks, and now I have been placed on iron suppliments. What could be the problem with building my blood

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

It is not too uncommon to see anemia in patients with advanced HIV disease or AIDS- the causes can be many- HIV or other infections (especially MAC), kidney disease to name a few. If your counts don't respond to the Procrit, usually I'd be thinking about doing a bone marrow biopsy (this is the place where red blood cells are produced) to see if there's anything else going on.

Good luck, BY

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