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A 23-year-old pregnancy woman is referred by her obstetrician for evaluation of anemia. She is in her fourth month of pregnancy and has no history of anemia; her grandfather had pernicious anemia. Her hemoglobin is 10 g/dL (normal, 12-16 g/dL).


The laboratory data for your pregnant patient indicate that she does not have macrocytic anemia but instead has microcytic anemia. Optimal treatment of normocytic or mild microcytic anemia associated with pregnancy uses(LQ)



A A high-fiber diet
B Erythropoietin injections

C Ferrous sulfate tablets
D Folic acid supplements

E Hydroxocobalamin injections

Ans. C Ferrous sulfate tablets

The anemia usually associated with pregnancy is a iron deficiency microcytic anemia. In this condition, only oral iron supplementation is indicated.

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