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Iron deficiency anaemia: Diagnosis and management


 

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INTRODUCTION

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia and can arise from dietary deficiency, malabsorption as a result of an underlying condition, chronic blood loss – especially from the uterus or gastrointestinal tract – or increased requirement, for example, during pregnancy. Diagnosis should be confirmed by undertaking appropriate investigations, before initiating iron supplementation. The aim of treatment is to restore haemoglobin levels and red cell indices to normal, and to replenish iron stores

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

On completion of this module you will be better able to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia
  • Carry out appropriate investigations in suspected iron deficiency anaemia
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Decide on appropriate treatment
This resource is provided by Clarity Informatics. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.
Complete the resource to obtain a certificate to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.