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Intravenous iron replacement for persistent iron deficiency anemia after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
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PMID:  22867554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency is a major postoperative complication of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Oral replacement can fail to correct the deficiency. Thus, recourse to parenteral iron administration might be necessary. Our objective was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a standardized 2 g intravenous iron dextran infusion in the treatment of iron deficiency after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. The setting was a university-affiliated community hospital in the United States. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 23 patients at our institution who had received 2 g of iron dextran intravenously for recalcitrant iron deficiency after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. We obtained the demographic data and the complete blood count and serum iron studies obtained before treatment and at outpatient visits after infusion. RESULTS: Before treatment, all 23 patients were iron deficient (average ferritin 6 ng/mL) and anemic (average hemoglobin 9.4 g/dL). By 3 months, the average ferritin and hemoglobin had increased to 269 ng/mL and 12.3 g/dL, respectively. The hemoglobin levels remained stable throughout the follow-up period. The iron stores were adequately replaced in most patients. Four patients required a repeat infusion by 1 year, because the ferritin levels had decreased to <15 ng/mL. The probability of remaining in an iron replete state was 84.6% (95% confidence interval 78-91.2%). One patient required warm compresses for superficial phlebitis. No other significant adverse events were reported. CONCLUSION: Intravenous administration of 2 g of iron dextran corrects the anemia and repletes the iron stores for ≥1 year in most patients. This therapy is safe, tolerable, efficient, and effective.
Zachariah Defilipp; John Lister; Daniel Gagné; Richard K Shadduck; Lori Prendergast; Margaret Kennedy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-7533     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Obes Relat Dis     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-8-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101233161     Medline TA:  Surg Obes Relat Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Internal Medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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