Gastroenterology clinic

Correction of iron deficiency: a practical approach

Magnus Halland, Jillian de Malmanche



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

  • 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.