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Hypochromia

 
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Overview

Hypochromia refers to a reduction in the intensity of red blood cell colour.
  • Hypochromia
  • Signs of Hypochromia

  • An increase in central pallor >⅓ of the cell on blood film
  • Reduced red cell haemoglobin (MCH / MCHC)
  • Hypochromia
     
  • Causes of Hypochromia

  • Microcytic

  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Anaemia of chronic disease (infection / inflammation / malignancy)
  • Thalassaemia
  • Congenital sideroblastic anaemia
  • Lead poisoning
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Macrocytic

  • Copper deficiency
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