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Scand J Gastroenterol. 2011 Mar;46(3):304-9. doi: 10.3109/00365521.2010.533382. Epub 2010 Nov 15.

The prevalence of anemia and iron deficiency in IBD outpatients in Scandinavia.

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Department of Medicine V (Hepatology and Gastroenterology), Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the prevalence of anemia and iron deficiency (ID) among patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the Scandinavian countries.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

A cross-sectional study including 429 IBD patients from six centers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Patients were screened for anemia and ID. Each center included ~5% of their IBD cohort. Patients were consecutively seen in the outpatient clinic, regardless of disease activity and whether the visits were scheduled or not.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of anemia was 19% (95% CI: 16-23%). The prevalence was higher among patients with Crohn's disease than among patients with ulcerative colitis (p = 0.01). The etiology of anemia was as follows: iron deficiency anemia (20%), anemia of chronic disease (12%), and both conditions (68%). Less than 5% had folate acid or vitamin B12 deficiency. ID was found in 35% (CI: 31-40%) of the patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Anemia was present in every fifth IBD patient and ID in every third IBD patient.

PMID:
21073374
DOI:
10.3109/00365521.2010.533382
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