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Anaemia in a cardiopath
  1. Gordon W Moran1,2,
  2. Alison Brind1
  1. 1Gastroenterology Department, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  2. 2Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gordon Moran, Division of Gastroenterology, Room 6D64, TRW Building, University of Calgary, 3280 Hospital Dr NW. Calgary, T2N 4N1 Alberta, Canada; gwmoran{at}

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A 77-year-old Caucasian woman was referred for investigation of microcytic anaemia. She was known to have ischaemic heart disease and aortic valve disease. The patient complained of shortness of breath and lethargy with no other gastrointestinal specific symptoms. On examination, she had a systolic murmur in her aortic area and signs of mild heart failure with few crepitations in her chest and some lower limb oedema. Abdominal examination was normal. This woman …

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