Iron deficiency anaemia: Diagnosis and management
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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
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