Nutritional iron status in children with alpha+ thalassemia and the sickle cell trait in a malaria endemic area on the coast of Kenya

Haematologica. 2005 Apr;90(4):552-4.


Although hemoglobinopathies such as alpha+ thalassemia and the sickle cell trait might contribute to anemia in African children, we hypothesized that they might also enhance iron absorption under circumstances of critical availability, and that this could attenuate their hematologic effects. We found no support for this hypothesis in a cohort of children living on the coast of Kenya.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / blood
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Female
  • Ferritins / blood
  • Humans
  • Iron, Dietary / metabolism*
  • Kenya / epidemiology
  • Malaria, Falciparum / blood*
  • Malaria, Falciparum / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Sickle Cell Trait / blood*
  • alpha-Thalassemia / blood*
  • alpha-Thalassemia / immunology


  • Iron, Dietary
  • Ferritins