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Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron Deficiency among Jamaican Adolescents

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.240
Pages: 
561–5
Synopsis: 
Screening of 15 592 senior school students in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, revealed that 3.8% of females had haemoglobin levels below 10 g/dL. Features were typical of iron deficiency and dramatic improvement followed iron supplementation. School medical examinations should include blood tests.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To raise awareness of significant iron deficiency anaemia occurring in Jamaican secondary school students.

Methods: Haematological screening of students in the fifth and sixth forms of 14 secondary schools in the parishes of Manchester and Clarendon, Jamaica, was done. Samples were subject to haemoglobin electrophoresis, examination of haematological indices, and haemoglobin, alpha 2 (HbA2) levels where indicated.

Revised: 
09 Dec, 2013
Accepted: 
20 Jan, 2014
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2015

Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Jamaican Children, Aged 1–5 Years, with Sickle Cell Disease

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Pages: 
292–6
Synopsis: 
Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) occurs in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) in Jamaica. Further studies are needed to determine whether treatment of IDA in children with SCD reduces morbidity and is associated with clinical benefits such as improvement in neurocognitive function.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine, using a combination of measures, the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) in children under five years-of-age who have sickle cell disease (SCD) and attend the Sickle Cell Clinic (SCU) of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute.

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e-Published: 06 Jun, 2013
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