[Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are global health problems]

Lakartidningen. 2015 Mar 10:112:DAAE.
[Article in Swedish]


Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are global health problems leading to deterioration in patients' quality of life and more serious prognosis in patients with chronic diseases. The cause of iron deficiency and anemia is usually a combination of increased loss and decreased intestinal absorption and delivery from iron stores due to inflammation. Oral iron is first line treatment, but often hampered by intolerance. Intravenous iron is safe, and the preferred treatment in patients with chronic inflammation and bowel diseases. The goal of treatment is normalisation of hemoglobin concentration and recovery of iron stores. It is important to follow up treatment to ensure that these objectives are met and also long-term in patients with chronic iron loss and/or inflammation to avoid recurrence of anemia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / diagnosis
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / etiology
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / physiopathology
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / therapy
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Iron / administration & dosage
  • Iron / metabolism
  • Iron / therapeutic use
  • Iron Deficiencies*


  • Iron