Blood Transfusion - 1 2015 (January - March)

To the rescue: the role of intravenous iron in the management of severe anaemia in the peri-partum setting
Authors:  Bernd Froessler, Gustaaf Dekker, Georgina McAuliffe
Pages:  150-2
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2015; 13: 150-2
Doi:  10.2450/2014.0220-14
Published online:  05/11/2014

Maternal death from obstetric haemorrhage remains a common cause of maternal mortality worldwide1. Iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) in pregnancy is a global health problem affecting around 20% of women in the western world and increasing to 56% in developing countries2. It is associated with adverse physiological and psychological outcomes in both mother3,4 and child5,6 (Table I). Iron-deficient women are also at increased risk of requiring an allogeneic red blood cell (RBC) transfusion during the peri-partum period, which is an expensive and often scarce resource with well-described risks7,8. Additional complexity arises in the management of women refusing blood products1. [...]
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