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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