Guidelines for the management of iron deficiency anaemia
Goddard AF et al. –. Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) occurs in 2–5% of adult men and postmenopausal women in the developed world and is a common cause of referral to gastroenterologists. Gastrointestinal (GI) blood loss from colonic cancer or gastric cancer, and malabsorption in coeliac disease are the most important causes that need to be sought.
- All patients should have iron supplementation both to correct anaemia and replenish body stores.
- Parenteral iron can be used when oral preparations are not tolerated.
- Blood transfusions should be reserved for patients with or at risk of cardiovascular instability due to the degree of their anaemia.