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Title: Significance of a low serum ferritin level in elderly in-patients
Authors: Joosten, Etienne ×
Dereymaeker, L
Pelemans, Walter
Hiele, Martin #
Issue Date: Sep-1993
Series Title: Postgraduate medical journal vol:69 issue:811 pages:397-400
Abstract: Iron deficiency, defined as a serum ferritin level less than or equal to 50 micrograms/l was found in 28 (11%) of 252 consecutive elderly in-patients (mean age 81 years). Sixteen among them were anaemic and only five had a microcytic anaemia. In a separate study, 15 anaemic and 13 non-anaemic iron-deficient elderly in-patients were investigated in order to evaluate the prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms and lesions in both groups. In nine of the anaemic and seven of the non-anaemic patients a potential cause for the iron deficiency was established. Most anaemic and non-anaemic patients lacked the symptoms described as suggestive of underlying gastrointestinal pathology. Thus, a ferritin level less than or equal to 50 micrograms/l justifies a gastrointestinal investigation if the general condition allows for it as well in anaemic as in non-anaemic elderly hospitalized patients. Therefore, serum ferritin should be part of the routine biochemical investigation of elderly in-patients.
ISSN: 0032-5473
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Gerontology and Geriatrics
Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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