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Although blood loss from surgery can itself cause iron deficiency anemia, there are no surgical procedures for treating or managing nutritional anemia. Some rare, non-nutritional forms of anemia are treated, or even cured, by splenectomy (removal of the spleen).

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  • Anemia—differential diagnosis. Updated September 23, 2015. Accessed September 29, 2015.

  • Decreased erythropoiesis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology-and-oncology/anemias-caused-by-deficient-erythropoiesis/decreased-erythropoiesis. Updated May 2013. Accessed September 29, 2015.

  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2004.