Journal article

Baseline Iron Indices as Predictors of Hemoglobin Improvement in Anemic Vietnamese Women Receiving Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplementation and Deworming

Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Gerard J Casey, Q Phuc Tran, Seema Mihrshahi, Lachlan MacGregor, Antonio Montresor, Tien Nong, Beverley-Ann Biggs

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2009

Abstract

Iron deficiency anemia is highly prevalent among women living in rural Vietnam. However, the utility and cut-offs of indices for diagnosing iron deficiency anemia in the public health context is ill defined. We assessed the ability of iron indices to predict the hemoglobin response (HBR) to weekly iron-folic acid supplementation (WIFS) in anemic rural Vietnamese women. We compared hemoglobin, serum ferritin, and soluble transferrin receptor in a cohort of 221 non-pregnant women of reproductive age before and after 3 months of WIFS and deworming. At baseline, anemia (Hb < 120 g/L) was present in 81/221 (36.7%) of subjects. After 3 months, anemia prevalence fell to 58/221 (26.2%), and the mean..

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