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Temporary impairment of reticulocyte haemoglobin content in subjects with community-acquired pneumonia.
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PMID:  22409253     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Introduction:  In the case of inflammation, imbalance of iron homoeostasis is caused by increased retention of iron within cells of the reticuloendothelial system. Iron-restricted erythropoiesis occurs because of decreased availability of iron for haemoglobin (Hb) synthesis in erythroid progenitor cells. Deviations in reticulocyte haemoglobin (Ret-He) content are investigated together with inflammation markers in subjects with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Short-term alterations with regard to Ret-He during and after completing antibiotic treatment are investigated. Methods:  A total of 75 patients, classified into three subgroups with CURB-65 scores of ≤1, 2 and ≥3, participated in the study. Results:  Within the three subgroups, Hb results demonstrate a decline from the day of admission until day 4. From day 4, an increase towards higher values is observed at day 14. Within 24 h after admission, Ret-He results are situated within the lower quartile region of the reference range interval. Until day 4 of hospital admission, a steady trend towards a decline of 3-8% is established. During antibiotic treatment, an increase in reticulocyte count occurs from 0.039 ± 0.014 × 10(12) /L at day 4 to 0.057 ± 0.020 × 10(12) /L at day 14 (mean ± SD). Recovery of Hb and Ret-He occurs towards values within the reference range. Conclusion:  In subjects with CAP, acute inflammation results in impairment of Ret-He at an early stage. After onset of pneumonia, decreased results of Ret-He and Ret-He/RBC-He ratio are demonstrated, reflecting acute erythropoietic dysfunction, which are amongst others caused by functional iron depletion.
M Schoorl; D Snijders; M Schoorl; W G Boersma; P C M Bartels
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of laboratory hematology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1751-553X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300213     Medline TA:  Int J Lab Hematol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Clinical Chemistry, Haematology & Immunology, Medical Center Alkmaar, Alkmaar, The Netherlands Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Medical Center Alkmaar, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
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