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Research Article

Accumulation of storage iron in patients treated for iron-deficiency anaemia.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: (Published 12 April 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:64

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  1. D P Bentley,
  2. A Jacobs


    The repletion of iron stores after treatment was studied in 38 patients with uncomplicated iron-deficiency anaemia. The serum ferritin concentration rose significantly when oral treatment was continued for two months after the attainment of a normal haemoglobin concentration. Patients treated with a total-dose infusion of iron dextran had thehighest final serum levels, which were significantly greater than in patients given Ferro-Gradumet. Oral ferrous sulphate was almost as effective as parenteral iron in producing iron stores.