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Correction of iron deficiency: a practical approach

Magnus Halland, Jillian de Malmanche

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Abstract

Diagnosing and preventing further iron loss is important in correcting iron deficiency, but so too is repleting iron stores with iron replacement therapy.

Article Extract

Remember
  • Correcting the underlying cause and minimising further iron loss is essential when treating iron deficiency.
  • Oral iron replacement is first-line therapy for repleting iron stores. It is generally effective and well tolerated.
  • Intravenous (IV) iron replacement should be considered in patients who have not responded to, or who are genuinely intolerant of, oral iron therapy.

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