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Signs & Symptoms Hematology & Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT)

Signs and Symptoms

Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to other tissues. Therefore, anemia symptoms usually relate to the tissues not receiving enough oxygen.

Mild anemia may cause minimal to no symptoms. With progressively worsening anemia, or anemia with sudden onset, people often experience fatigue or shortness of breath. Anemia can also cause pale skin, and if severe enough, a rapid heart rate. Some types of anemia can make the skin and the white part of the eyes turn yellow.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.