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Serum ferritin levels in male blood donors: relation to number of phlebotomies and iron supplementation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
1978 (English)In: Vox Sanguinis, ISSN 0042-9007, E-ISSN 1423-0410, Vol. 34, no 2, 65-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Serum ferritin estimation has been shown to be a reliable test to reveal iron deficiency. Such estimations have been made in groups of male blood donors with a varying number of previous phlebotomies and a mean interval between donations of 9.9 +/- 1.7 SD weeks. It was found that the mean ferritin level was significantly (p less than 0.001) lower in the blood donors than in nondonors. After 6-8 phlebotomies it was about 40% lower. Subnormal ferritin values were found in 10% of the donors, almost exclusively among those who had taken less than 1,000 mg of iron supplementation since the last donation. It is concluded that with a donation interval of about 10 weeks, there is a considerable risk for iron deficiency after about 6 donations. This risk is far less if more than 1,000 mg of iron supplementation is taken between phlebotomies. A role for serum ferritin estimation in monitoring donation intervals and/or iron therapy is suggested.

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1978. Vol. 34, no 2, 65-70 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137053PubMedID: 622818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137053DiVA: diva2:377836
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved

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