Anemia is a condition in which the blood lacks enough hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color and helps red blood cells transport oxygen. In patients with anemia, blood flowing from the lungs often cannot supply enough oxygen to the rest of the body, which creates symptoms such as fatigue when organs don't get enough oxygen to function properly. Although there are more than 400 types of anemia, the most common cause is blood loss. Women in child-bearing years are especially susceptible because of blood loss during menstruation or increased blood volume needed during pregnancy. Other types of anemia may be caused by problems with blood cell production or destruction.


UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of anemia. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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