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February 27, 1987

Iron Deficiency Occurs Frequently in Patients With Pernicious Anemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine (Drs Carmel, Weiner, and Johnson), and the Los Angeles County—University of Southern California Medical Center (Drs Carmel and Johnson), Los Angeles.

From the Department of Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine (Drs Carmel, Weiner, and Johnson), and the Los Angeles County—University of Southern California Medical Center (Drs Carmel and Johnson), Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1987;257(8):1081-1083. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390080071034
Abstract

We assessed iron status in patients with pernicious anemia. Iron deficiency coexisted as a presenting finding in 25 (20.7%) of 121 patients for whom data could be evaluated. Another 27 patients (22.3%) developed iron deficiency one month to 14 years later (median, two years). It was impossible to predict such a development in these 27 patients from any of their initial findings. The cause of the iron deficiency was identified in 17 of the 52 iron-deficient patients and suspected in another four. These findings show that patients with pernicious anemia are at high risk for iron deficiency, both at initial presentation and subsequently. Although the cause of the iron deficiency is often not identifiable, clinically important entities are detected often enough to warrant routine investigation for iron deficiency in such patients.

(JAMA 1987;257:1081-1083)

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