Original Research Article
Year: 2016 | Month: February | Volume: 3 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 50-52
Clinico-Pathological Profile of Anemia in Elderly: A Hospital Based Cross Sectional Study
Govindaraj T1*, Venkatraman J1*, Udhaya Shankar2**
1Assistant Professor, 2Professor,
*Dept. of Pathology, **Dept. of Medicine,
Sri ManakulaVinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry.
Corresponding Author: Venkatraman J.
Background: Anemia in elderly is an extremely common problem and it can cause more severe complications than in the younger adults. It is often associated with mortality and poorer health-related quality of life, regardless of the underlined cause of the low hemoglobin.
Aim: To study the clinico-pathological profiles of anemia in elderly people.
Materials and Methods: A hospital based study of patients of geriatric age group who have attended geriatric clinic and clinical OPD from July 2012 to December 2012 were studied. Detailed laboratory studies of diagnostic tests were done.
Results: Out of 220 cases, 154 were found to be anemic amounting to 70 percentages. Proportion of anemia in males was 65.5% and in females it was 76%. All the patterns of anemia based on peripheral smear were evident. Normocytic anemia was the commonest pattern constituting 72%.
Conclusion:Diagnosing anemia and confirming its pattern is important since it help in directing further investigation reaching to the etiology and most importantly help in treatment.
Keywords: Anemia; Elderly; Proportion; Patterns.