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UK guidelines on the management of iron deficiency in pregnancy.

Abstract

Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency state in the world, affecting more than 2 billion people globally. Although it is particularly prevalent in less-developed countries, it remains a significant problem in the developed world, even where other forms of malnutrition have already been almost eliminated. Effective management is needed to prevent adverse maternal and pregnancy outcomes, including the need for red cell transfusion. The objective of this guideline is to provide healthcare professionals with clear and simple recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of iron deficiency in pregnancy and the postpartum period. This is the first such guideline in the UK and may be applicable to other developed countries. Public health measures, such as helminth control and iron fortification of foods, which can be important to developing countries, are not considered here. The guidance may not be appropriate to all patients and individual patient circumstances may dictate an alternative approach.

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  • Authors

    Pavord S, Myers B, Robinson S, Allard S, Strong J, Oppenheimer C, British Committee for Standards in Haematology

    Institution

    University Hospitals of Leicester. bcsh@b-s-h.org.uk

    Source

    British journal of haematology 156:5 2012 Mar pg 588-600

    MeSH

    Anemia, Iron-Deficiency
    Dietary Supplements
    Female
    Great Britain
    Humans
    Iron
    Postpartum Period
    Pregnancy
    Pregnancy Complications, Hematologic
    Pregnancy Outcome
    Prevalence

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Practice Guideline
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22512001