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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Do Sweat the Small Stuff
A 50 year old patient with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity gets the procedure shown above. Six months after the procedure, he is doing well; he no longer needs antihypertensives or insulin; he only takes some metformin and vicodin. The surgeons say he can go back to his regular family doctor so he shows up at your office. His only complaints are a new numbness and tingling at the tips of his fingers and toes. His laboratory studies show a microcytic anemia.
Challenge: What is the cause of these signs and symptoms?
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