Pallor / Anemia


Lecture materials and small group cases are posted here for University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine students. Access to these materials are password protected.


By the end of the Paediatric Clerkship, a medical student will be able to:

  1. Describe the physiologic consequences of anemia.
  2. Interpret a CBC and differential and iron studies.
  3. Recognize the clinical features and propose a management plan for patients with iron deficiency anemia.
  4. Recognize the clinical features of hemolysis and hemoglobinopathies.

Half Day Cases

  • A 6 year old is brought in to your clinic. She has been easily fatigued over the last 4 weeks. The grandparents just came for a visit, and noticed that she is extremely pale, and advised parents to bring her in to see you.
  • You are seeing an 8 year old child in the hospital for pneumonia. You notice on their initial CBC that he has a hemoglobin of 110, MCV 68. You wonder what may be causing his microcytic anemia
  • A 2 year old child comes into your clinic for their routine well-child visit. On your history, you learn that the child drinks a lot of cow's milk, and looks pale to you.