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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

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MORENA, F. de la  and  GISBERT, J. P.. Anemia and inflammatory bowel disease. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2008, vol.100, n.5, pp.285-293. ISSN 1130-0108.

Anemia is a most common complication of inflammatory bowel disease. A high frequency of low hemoglobin values in these patients often leads physicians to subestimate this condition, which translates into ineffective treatment. On the other hand, the complex nature of anemia-inducing mechanisms in inflammatory bowel disease frequently raises doubt about the most appropriate therapy. A correct identification of patients with anemia, and adequate therapy are the essential pillars for improved quality of life. The right use of iron supplementation, and novel parenteral iron formulations, either with or without associated erythropoietin, have revolutionized our approach of this complication in the course of inflammatory bowel disease

Keywords : Anemia; Inflammatory bowel disease; Iron deficiency.

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