Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition of a lack of iron required to store and carry oxygen in red blood cells. Other types of anemia can be caused by a lack of vitamin B12 or folate in the body. Iron deficiency anemia may be caused by excessive bleeding in the stomach or intestine stomach and bowel cancer, or taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In women of reproductive age, heavy periods and pregnancy are common causes of iron deficiency.

Associated Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Pale complexion
  • Headaches

Relevant Test 1

Iron Studies Code 6009

Relevant Test 2

Active vitamin B12 and folate Code 6013

Relevant Test 3

Faecal Occult Blood Code 2020