Free Board Review Questions of the Week – Anemia

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Free board review question of the week on anemia

This week's free board review question...

A 42-year-old woman has had morning stiffness in multiple joints as well as redness and swelling. She has felt fatigued and has had a low-grade fever. On examination, she has synovitis, most prominently in her hands. Her erythrocyte sedimentation rate is elevated. Her white blood cell count is normal, but she is anemic, with a hemoglobin level of 9 g/dL. The reticulocyte count is 1.5%.

The smear shows normochromic, normocytic red blood cells (RBCs). Her ferritin level is elevated. Her iron level is normal, but her total iron-binding capacity and saturation percentage are both diminished.

Which of the following types of anemia is most probable in this patient?

Answer Options

aplastic anemia
anemia of chronic disease
iron deficiency anemia
hemolytic anemia

And the answer is ...

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