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Iron deficiency anemia - Anemia - iron deficiency

The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Iron is needed to form hemoglobin. Iron is mostly stored in the body in the hemoglobin. About 30 percent of iron is also stored as ferritin and hemosiderin in the bone marrow, spleen, and liver.

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Anemia

Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia

The causes are

  • Dietary iron deficiency 

  • Blood losses such as

    • Peptic ulcer  disease.

    • malignancy.

    • menstrual bleeding

    • chronic hemoptysis

    • parasitism by hookworms

  • Other causes include 

    • Previous gastric or small bowel surgery without adequate iron supplementation.  

    • pregnancy

    • lactation 

  • malabsorption syndrome such as celiac disease    

Related signs

The related signs are

  • Skin or conjunctival pallor, 

  • cheilosis, 

  • glossitis; 

  • brittle, ridged, or spoon nails, 

  • tachycardia

  • esophageal web (Plummer-Vinson syndrome) on upper GI endoscopy and

  • splenomegaly.

Treatment measures

The drugs used are 

  • Iron supplementation - oral or parenteral

  • Multivitamins.

Prognosis

Prognosis is usually good after regular follow-up of medication

Iron Deficiency Anemia be prevention

Regular intake of iron-rich foods e.g. apples and consumption of a balanced diet will prove beneficial in preventing anemia.

 

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