IJzergebreksanemie bij 80-plussers

Sophia E. de Rooij, Hilde Royen, Marije Hamaker, Harmjo Blom, Johanneke Portielje, Joep F. Bartelsman

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Abstract

Iron-deficiency anaemia in very old patients is a frequent finding; this often poses a diagnostic dilemma for the physician. For example, should additional testing take place? And if so, what kind of tests? Is prescribing iron supplement therapy and adopting an expectative course sufficient? The two cases in this article illustrate different treatment strategies. If doubts about which strategy to choose arise, it is recommended that iron first be supplied and the effect of this treatment checked after three weeks. The haemoglobin level should have risen at least 0.7 mmol/l. If there has been no effect, supplemental (endoscopic) examinations may be considered, provided they meet a therapeutic goal
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)A5236
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume156
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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