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could I have Leukemia or still just be anemic?

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I am a gastric bypass patient from 2004. I have been anemic since I have had this surgery with some hospital visits that required transfusions. At one visit they stated that I didn't have any reserve hemoglobin in my marrow. An oncologist was brought in. I refused further testing for the fear of hearing the C word. I had transfusions a couple of months ago and have not been keeping up with my vitamins or iron nor B-12! I know this is required. I have been bruising easily and found a bruise on the side of my foot...I am becoming concerned...could I have Leukemia or still just be anemic? Thank you...

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replied April 20th, 2012
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the easy bruisability that you are having. Anemia and deficiency of vitamins C, K, B12, or folic acid are the common causes of easy bruisability. Try taking iron tablets and multivitamins for some days and see if the symptoms improve.

But considering your history apart from these supplements, it is important to get an oncologist's evaluation and a bone marrow biopsy done to rule out any leukemia.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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