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Question 1

Which of the following statements is correct?


In chronic iron deficiency anaemia…

a) the MCV is typically normal
b) the MCV is usually raised
c) the white cell count is usually raised
d) the platelet count is often raised
e) the platelet count is usually low.
Answer: d
Question 2

Which of the following statements is incorrect?
In patients with active rheumatoid arthritis and iron deficiency anaemia…

a) the ferritin may be low
b) the ferritin may be normal
c) the MCV may be normal
d) the MCV may be low
e) the MCV may be raised
Answer: e
Question 3

Which of the following statements is incorrect?

Failure to respond to oral iron therapy…

a) may be a consequence of malabsorption
b) may be because the patient has thalassaemia
c) may be because of continued blood loss
d) is usually a result of poor compliance
e) is usually seen with slow release preparations

Answer: e

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