Anemia is a pathology encountered very often among geriatric patients and mostly it is secondary to a chronic disease or an acute/ chronic loss of blood. Therefore, it should not be considered as a possible physiological consequence of aging. Anemia is recognized as a risk factor for a series of effects with a negative impact on the subsequent evolution of geriatric patients, such as a prolonged duration of hospitalization, higher morbidity and mortality. In most cases, geriatric patients have a series of cardiovascular comorbidities which, in association with anemia, can further increase the risks. Most geriatric patients with severe anemia present to the emergency room for upper digestive hemorrhage. This article will focus especially on this pathology, with a complete description of the causes and treatment methods in these patients.
Keywords: geriatric patients, chronic disease, anemia, emergency department.
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