n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Iron deficiency anaemia - a gastroenterologist's perspective

Volume 26, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



In premenopausal women menstrual blood loss is the commonest, but not the only, cause of iron deficiency. In men and women over 50, gastrointestinal (GIT) blood loss becomes more important and may be the only marker of significant GIT pathology, such as colonic or gastric cancer. There are many other GIT causes for iron deficiency anaemia, including poor dietary intake, previous gastrectomy, NSAID use and malabsorbtion (most likely due to coeliac disease in patients of European origin, even in South Africa).

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