n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Diagnosing and managing iron deficiency anaemia in adults




Uncomplicated iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is usually easy to diagnose and treat. However, most of us have been faced at times with uninterpretable iron studies or an inexplicable failure of patients to respond to therapy. The aim of this article, therefore, is not to be comprehensive but rather to provide a practical, clinical approach with particular comment on common dilemmas experienced in diagnosing and managing IDA. Some understanding of iron physiology is very helpful in interpreting iron studies and I have included this where relevant.


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