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J Family Med Prim Care. 2015 Jul-Sep;4(3):333-4. doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.161310.

Can routine screening and iron supplementation for iron deficiency anemia in nonsymptomatic pregnant women improve maternal and infant health outcomes?

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1
Department of Paediatrics, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Robinson Research Institute, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Abstract

Pregnant women have an increased need for iron that might not be met with diet alone. Due to physiologic anemia and population differences, no set criteria for defining iron deficiency anemia (IDA) are available globally. Serum ferritin and transferrin levels are often used to guide therapy by clinicians. Studies have reported an association between poor iron status and negative health outcomes such as low birth weight, premature birth, and perinatal death for women and their infants, although the evidence is weak.

KEYWORDS:

Anemia; iron; pregnancy

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