Talk:Iron deficiency anemia

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 Definition Anaemia resulting from a deficiency of iron, characterized by hypochromic microcytic erythrocytes and a normoblastic reaction of the bone marrow. [d] [e]
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Not trying to settle any questions of American vs. British spelling. Honest. But it needs to be self-consistent. The Wikipedia convention, which I do approve of, is to retain the national spelling and usage conventions of the article in its early stages. This doesn't work, since the first submission was inconsistent. I selected emia because that's the very first usage, the one in the title (which it's generally a good thing not to change for light and transient reasons). In any case, surely we can avoid the Wikipedia practice of wars in which one national usage or another is considered incorrect. Daniel Drake 02:56, 4 April 2007 (CDT)

Unsupported statements included in the copy/paste from WP

This article had no references - now does. Still has lots of disputable/unsupported statements that were copy/pasted from WP . I tried adding {{fact}} to some of the statements, but this does not appear in the displayed page.Robert Badgett 07:29, 18 October 2007 (CDT)


The article seems to me to be outdated in large parts. Ferritin is far from state-of-the-art, since it is highly unreliable in the presence of inflammations. More, a lack of depletion of iron stores does not rule out a functional iron deficiency, i.e. the iron being "locked away". There's much better markers and marker combinations today, be they reticulocyte hemoglobin content, % hypochromic cells etc. which directly assess whether the iron actually gets into red blood cell production. Cf. eg Thomas C,Thomas L: “Biochemical markers and hematologic indices in the diagnosis of functional iron deficiency”. Clin Chem 2002; 48:1066-1076. I'll see if I can update this in the near future, but with the MEDICA just a few weeks away, I can't guarantee it. --Oliver Hauss 02:44, 26 October 2007 (CDT)

Updated article

Human iron metabolism, I believe, is a considerable update. I wonder if the problematic text in this article should be moved into the section on disorders of iron metabolism there, and this article restarted. Howard C. Berkowitz 03:31, 10 June 2010 (UTC)