Medical Mnemonics: Causes of Microcytic Anemia (“TICS”)

Medical Mnemonics for Internal Medicine Board Review Concept - Microcytic Anemia "TICS"

Medical Mnemonics – Causes of Microcytic Anemia – “TICS”

It’s Medical Mnemonics Monday!


Microcytic anemia is defined as “the presence of small, often hypochromic, red blood cells in a peripheral blood smear and is usually characterized by a low MCV.” One of the most popular and well known medical mnemonics is “TICS” – used to remember the causes of microcytic anemia.
  • T – Thalassemia
  • I – Iron Deficiency
  • C – Chronic Disease
  • S – Sideroblastic anemia
Check out the list of the previous Medical Mnemonics here.

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