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  • Apply the World Health Organization (WHO) definitions of anemia in appropriate clinical populations to diagnose, classify, and determine the severity of anemia.

  • Understand the common causes of anemia and the three main mechanisms that lead to anemia: blood loss, decrease in red blood cell production, and destruction of red blood cells.

  • Refer adult patients with otherwise unexplained iron deficiency anemia for upper and lower endoscopy to assess for occult bleeding and malignancy.

  • Explain when iron deficiency anemia should be treated with intravenous vs oral iron.

  • Summarize the typical causes of vitamin B12 deficiency and folate deficiency, and explain how these conditions can lead to macrocytic anemia.

  • Rule out vitamin B12 deficiency before or at the onset of folate supplementation to prevent progression of neurologic symptoms.

  • Describe the features, common causes, and recommended evaluation for suspected anemia of inflammation.

  • Discuss the typical findings and causes of hemolytic anemia.


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