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Review
Anaemia in inflammatory bowel disease
  1. Martyn Dibb,
  2. Sreedhar Subramanian
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sreedhar Subramanian, Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 9XP, UK; Sreedhar.Subramanian{at}rlbuht.nhs.uk

Abstract

Anaemia is a common manifestation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and impairs quality of life. Anaemia in IBD is typically caused by iron deficiency or anaemia of chronic disease. Treatment of iron deficiency with oral iron may lead to gastrointestinal intolerance though this may be related to the dose of iron replacement. New intravenous formulations have emerged which allow safe, rapid and effective correction of iron deficiency in IBD. In this article, we provide a review on the topic and cover recent progress in the field for the practicing gastroenterologist.

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