Consensus Statement by an Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Management of Iron Deficiency Anemia in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Aamer Aleem, Faisal Alsayegh, Satish Keshav, Abdulrahman Alfadda, Ahmad Awad Alfadhli, Abdulrahman Al-Jebreen, Fawaz Al-Kasim, Ali Almuhaini, Hazzaa Al-Zahrani, Faisal Batwa, Srdjan Denic, Ahmad Jazzar, Tarek Owaidah, Mohamad Qari, Yousef Qari, Mazen Taha

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Abstract

Background: Iron deficiency (ID) and ID anemia (IDA) are common in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The unique genetic and lifestyle factors of the patient population in the region have necessitated the development of recommendations to help educate healthcare professionals on appropriate diagnosis and management of ID/IDA. Methods: A panel of regional experts, including gastroenterologists and hematologists with expertise in the treatment of IDA, was convened to develop regional practice recommendations for ID/IDA. After reviewing the regional and international literature, the expert panel developed consensus recommendations for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with IDA in the GCC region. Results: The recommendations proposed were customized to the patient population keeping in view the increasingly recognized burden of coeliac disease, high fertility and obesity rates, high prevalence of alpha- and beta-thalassemia traits, and poor tolerance and low treatment compliance with oral iron therapy. Conclusions: This consensus statement proposes recommendations for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of IDA in the GCC region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-381
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Principles and Practice
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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