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

anemia-in-children [5]What Is Refractory Iron Deficiency Anemia In Childhood?

Refractory iron [6] deficiency anemia (IDA) is a microcytic (small cell) type anemia.

It is characterized by formation of abnormally small, pale red blood cells and iron [6] depletion, or inadequate iron [6] content in the body, that does not respond to prescribed treatment with oral iron [6] supplementation as expected.

Q: How is iron [6] content in the body determined?

A: Iron [6] content in the body is determined by measuring the ferritin level in blood. Ferritin is a protein within cells that stores iron [6] 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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