Fast Five Quiz: How Familiar Are You With Iron-Deficiency Anemia?

Emmanuel C. Besa, MD; Derek B. Laskar, MD


May 18, 2021

Patients with iron-deficiency anemia may experience a range of symptoms, including dysphagia with solid foods, which results from esophageal webbing. Additional signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue and diminished capability to perform hard labor

  • Leg cramps when climbing stairs

  • Pica, usually pagophagia (the craving ice to suck or chew)

  • Cold intolerance

  • Reduced resistance to infection

  • Worsened symptoms of comorbid cardiac or pulmonary disease

Symptoms of iron overload may include joint pain, alopecia, and hypothyroidism, among others.

Learn more about the symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia.


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