Fast Five Quiz: Iron Deficiency Anemia Management

James L. Harper, MD


August 06, 2021

Response to iron therapy can be seen in an increase in reticulocyte count 5-10 days after the initiation of iron therapy, with the hemoglobin level increasing by about 1 g/dL weekly until normal values are restored.

The usual benchmark for successful iron supplementation is a 2-g/dL increase in the hemoglobin level in 3 weeks. However, a meta-analysis suggested that in patients receiving oral iron supplementation, a hemoglobin measurement after 2 weeks that shows an increase of 1.0 g/dL or more over baseline actually predicts a longer term and sustained response to continued oral iron therapy.

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