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Investigating iron deficiency anaemia

Terry D Bolin
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (1): 17-18. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10738
Published online: 20 January 2014

To the Editor: The response of Sievert and colleagues for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia1 to an article on iron deficiency anaemia in a young woman2 missed the point. In the absence of menorrhagia, dietary deficiency of iron is extraordinarily rare unless the individual is a vegan. The young woman presented with a haemoglobin level of 61 g/L and was treated with iron supplements over a period of almost 2 years. She therefore had bleeding which was likely to be somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Terry D Bolin

  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Clinic, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: kerrie@terrybolin.com

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