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Iron Absorption and Blood Loss in Patients with Hiatus Hernia

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5609.22 (Published 06 July 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:22
  1. J. M. Holt,
  2. F. G. H. Mayet,
  3. G. T. Warner,
  4. S. T. Callender,
  5. A. J. Gunning

    Abstract

    Iron absorption was measured in 28 patients, 19 of whom were anaemic. The mean absorption in the anaemic patients was 39% and in the non-anaemic patients 8%. Gastrointestinal blood loss was then measured in 26 of these patients. The mean estimated blood loss in the anaemic patients was 15 ml. a day and in the non-anaemic patients 3 ml. a day. In 16 of the 19 anaemic patients symptoms of anaemia were either the sole or the major complaint.