Supportive transfusion in symptomatic patients; coexistent Fe deficiency should be excluded and treated. Minority may be suitable for/responsive 51 to erythropoietin therapy.

Bleeding and iron deficiency

Usually secondary to use of NSAIDs—consider and exclude other causes of blood loss which may occur in this patient group.

Bron, D., Meuleman, N. & Mascaux, C. (2001) Biological basis of anemia. Semin Oncol, 28, 1-6.

Anaemia occurs in GIT disorders through mechanisms of blood loss, anaemia of chronic disease (ACD), specific disease-related complications or drug side effects/idiosyncrasy occurring singly or in various combinations.

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