ANEMIA IN PATIENTS WITH ACTIVE ULCERATIVE COLITIS
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common complication in patients with IBD. In spite this, some investigators indicate that more than a third of IBD patients are not tested for anemia in the time of diagnosis. Aim. To provide a pathway to help achieve diagnosis a type of anemia in patients with moderate activity of ulcerative colitis (UC). Methods. Basic profile of iron turnover parameters, red blood cell indices, and C-reactive protein (CRP) in 20 anemic patients with mild/moderate active UC patients was described. Results. IDA was diagnosed in fifteen 75% of the patients, tree of which (15%) had anemia of chronic disease (ACD), and 10% had mixed type of anemia (IDA/ACD). Conclusion. Ferritin, seems to play a central role in the definition and diagnosis of anemia in UC patients. Routine screening for anemia is important among patients with IBD. The cornerstone for the accurate management of anemia in UC patients lies in accurately diagnosing the type of anemia.
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