Microcytic Anemia: Definition and Causes


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Labwork for a patient of yours comes back as follows:

Red blood cells: LOW

Hemoglobin: LOW



If you know nothing else, what may you most likely suspect?

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1. The following is the most likely cause of thalassemia:

2. Which of the following can result in iron deficiency anemia?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of microcytic anemia will be assessed in this quiz and worksheet. Practice questions focus on your ability to distinguish between symptoms and causes of specific types of microcytic anemia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to review your knowledge of the following:

  • Interpretation of labwork results
  • Likely cause of thalassemia
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Hypochromic anemia
  • Definition of microcytic

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand the concept of anemia
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast hypochromic anemia, thalassemia, and iron deficiency anemia
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding microcytic anemia

Additional Learning

Learn more about this subject with the lesson Microcytic Anemia: Definition and Causes. Objectives include:

  • Define microcytic anemia
  • Identify causes of microcytic anemia
  • Recall the elements of the abbreviation MCHC