Anemic Ulcerative Colitis Patients Often Not Treated for Iron Deficiency

Anemic Ulcerative Colitis Patients Often Not Treated for Iron Deficiency
More than a third of anemic ulcerative colitis (UC) patients are not tested for iron deficiency, and nearly 25 percent of patients who are tested and diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) are not treated with iron replacement therapy, researchers have found. The study, “Factors Predicting Testing and Treatment of Iron Deficiency in a Nationwide Cohort of Anemic UC Patients,” was published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Reportedly the first U.S. nationwide study to evaluate the prevalence of testing for iron deficiency in anemic UC patients, the aim was to determine how frequently IDA patients are treated with iron supplementation. IDA is an often untreated complication of ulcerative colitis. According to the American Society of Hematology, iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia. An iron deficiency might result from eating too few iron-rich foods like meat, eggs or green leafy vegetables, or because our bodies can't absorb iron very well, which ulcerative colitis patients know first-hand. The study’s primary objective was to evaluate whether anemic ulcerative colitis patients had been tested for iron deficiency and, if IDA was confirmed, if they were treated with iron replacement therapy. “Our study emphasizes the need to educate gastroenterologists and general practitioners to diagnose and treat iron deficiency anemia at an early stage,” Nabeel K
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