Update of nutrient-deficiency anemia in elderly patients

  • Emmanuel Andrès
    Corresponding author. Service de Médecine Interne, Diabète et Maladies Métaboliques, Clinique Médicale B, Hôpital Civil, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, 1 porte de l'Hôpital, 67091 Strasbourg Cedex, France. Tel.: +33 3 33 88 11 50 66; fax: +33 3 33 88 11 62 62.
    Departments of Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
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  • Laure Federici
    Departments of Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
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  • Khalid Serraj
    Departments of Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
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  • Georges Kaltenbach
    Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
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Published:March 17, 2008DOI:


      Anemia, defined as a hemoglobin level < 13g/dL in men and < 12g/dL in women, is an important healthcare concern among the elderly. Nutrient-deficiency anemia represents one third of all anemias in elderly patients. About two thirds of nutrient-deficiency anemia is associated with iron deficiency and most of those cases are the result of chronic blood loss from gastrointestinal lesions. The remaining cases of nutrient-deficiency anemia are usually associated with vitamin B12, most frequently related to food-cobalamin malabsorption, and/or folate deficiency and are easily treated (nutrient-deficiency replacement).


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