13 October 2021

Iron deficiency in patients with comorbidities

Clinical Haematology

Dr David Lim and Dr Patrick Coleman discuss diagnosis and treatment.


  • Oral iron absorption in patients with chronic inflammatory conditions is very poor
  • Oncology patients are often iron deficient, but seldom treated
  • Heart failure patients will benefit greatly from IV iron if deficient
  • Diagnosing functional iron deficiency without anaemia is easy: normal CRP, Ferritin 100 and a Transferrin saturation less than 20%

Host: Dr David Lim, GP and medical educator

Guest: Dr Patrick Coleman, nephrologist and general medicine specialist; Mater Hospital, North Sydney

Total time: 49 mins

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