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ANAEMIA

Definition

A condition characterized by a deficiency of functional haemoglobin, packed cell volume and/or erythrocytes. The more important types of anaemia in fish are: normocytic anaemia caused by acute haemorrhaging; bacterial and viral infections and metabolic diseases resulting in red cell destruction; microcytic anaemia caused by chronic haemorrhaging, deriving from, for example, external parasites, iron deficiency and a deficiency of certain haematopoietic factors; macrocytic anaemia (e.g. absence of juvenile cells; too many mature cells) resulting from an increase in haematopoietic activity in the spleen and kidney.

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