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      Correction of Uremic Iron Deficiency Anemia in Hemodialyzed Patients: A Prospective Study

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          This prospective study was designed to evaluate the eventual correction of anemia and iron status in 39 iron-deficient uremics starting hemodialysis. Nine patients (control group) had no iron supplementation, 10 had oral ferrous iron, and 20 were treated with intravenous iron gluconate. Follow-up periods were 12 months for the control group and 26 months for patients treated with oral or intravenous iron. No patient was treated with erythropoietin. At zero time, all patients were anemic (Hb <78 g/l) and showed signs of severe iron deficiency, diagnosed on the basis of depleted bone marrow iron stores, reduced hemoglobin iron, and transferrin saturation <21%. The hemoglobin levels, observed in patients of the control and the oral iron groups at the end of the follow-up periods, were not significantly different from those detected at zero time. In contradistinction, patients treated with intravenous iron showed after 26 months of follow-up a significant increase of blood hemoglobin values, reaching a mean value of 126 g/l. So far, this evidence supports both the concept that iron absorption is compromised in chronic uremics and that the parenteral way is the more effective route for iron replacement in this specific group of patients.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1998
          July 1998
          22 June 1998
          : 79
          : 3
          : 299-305
          Affiliations
          a Department of Nephrology and Hypertension and b Unit of Clinical Hematology, ‘Ha’Emek’ Medical Center, Afula, Israel
          Article
          45053 Nephron 1998;79:299–305
          10.1159/000045053
          9678430
          © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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