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Causes of iron deficiency

Reproductive system

Menorrhagia

GI tract

Oesophagitis, oesophageal varices, hiatus hernia (ulcerated), peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, haemorrhoids, carcinoma: stomach, colorectal, (rarely angiodysplasia, hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia)

Malabsorption

Coeliac disease, atrophic gastritis (note: may also result from Fe deficiency), gastrectomy

Physiological

Growth spurts, pregnancy

Dietary

Vegans, elderly

Genitourinary system

Haematuria (uncommon cause)

Others

PNH, frequent venesection e.g. blood donation

Worldwide

Commonest cause is hookworm infestation

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