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Learning Objectives

At the end of this episode, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the normal range of hemoglobin at different ages and recognize when further evaluation for anemia is necessary
  • Differentiate between microcytic, macrocytic, and normocytic anemia based on MCV and identify the common etiologies associated with each type
  • Explore the different components of a CBC and their significance in determining the underlying cause of anemia, including RBC count, MCHC, and RDW
  • Recognize the importance of reticulocyte count and other additional tests, such as the Coombs test, in the diagnostic algorithm for anemia

Intended Audience:

This online course is designed for pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, hematologists, as well as other health care providers and managers.


In this podcast interview, Dr. Eyal Ben-Isaac speaks with Dr. Christopher Denton, a Pediatric Hematologist, about the diagnosis and evaluation of anemia in children. They discuss the normal range of hemoglobin at different ages and when further evaluation is necessary. Dr. Denton explains the various etiologies of anemia based on mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and breaks down the causes of microcytic, macrocytic, and normocytic anemia. They also explore the different components of a complete blood count (CBC), such as red blood cell count, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), and red cell distribution width (RDW), and how they can help determine the underlying cause of anemia. Dr. Denton emphasizes the importance of reticulocyte count and other additional tests, such as the Coombs test, in the diagnostic process.

Assessment and Earning CME Credit:

To receive CME credit for this course in Armenia, you must take the CME quiz at the end of this page. You have 3 chances to get a 70% to pass. Once you pass the quiz, we will send your information to the Armenia Ministry of Health for credits.


Dr. Chrsitopher Denton

Dr. Chrsitopher Denton

Christopher Denton, MD is an accomplished physician who currently serves as an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the prestigious Keck School of Medicine of USC. He received his medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University, after which he completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's. He then went on to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the renowned Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Denton has been certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as in General Pediatrics. He is a recognized expert in the field of pediatric hematology-oncology, and has made significant contributions to the field through his research, teaching, and clinical work. Dr. Denton is deeply committed to providing the highest quality care to his patients, and is known for his compassionate and patient-centered approach. He is also a dedicated educator, and has trained countless medical students, residents, and fellows over the course of his career.