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Anemia, Refractory Iron Deficiency In Childhood (Unresponsive To Iron)

anemia-in-childrenWhat Is Refractory Iron Deficiency Anemia In Childhood?

Refractory iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a microcytic (small cell) type anemia.

It is characterized by formation of abnormally small, pale red blood cells and iron depletion, or inadequate iron content in the body, that does not respond to prescribed treatment with oral iron supplementation as expected.

Q: How is iron content in the body determined?

A: Iron content in the body is determined by measuring the ferritin level in blood. Ferritin is a protein within cells that stores iron and releases it as needed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) mild anemia corresponds to a hemoglobin (Hb) of  9.5 g/dL, moderate anemia to a Hb of  8 g/dL but less than 9.5 g/dL, and severe anemia to a Hb of less than 8.0 g/dL.

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