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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 769-770  

Effect of intravenous iron sucrose on hemoglobin level, when administered in a standard dose, to anemic pregnant women in rural Northern India


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology No. 1, Marat Ospanov, West Kazakhstan State Medical University, Aktobe, Kazakhstan
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ahmadi Hospital, Kuwait Oil Company, Ahmadi, Kuwait

Date of Web Publication28-Feb-2019

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Dr. Ibrahim A Abdelazim
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and Ahmadi Kuwait Oil (KOC) Company Hospital, Ahmadi

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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_438_18

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Kanshaiym S, Abdelazim IA, Starchenko T, Mukhambetalyeva G. Effect of intravenous iron sucrose on hemoglobin level, when administered in a standard dose, to anemic pregnant women in rural Northern India. J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:769-70

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Kanshaiym S, Abdelazim IA, Starchenko T, Mukhambetalyeva G. Effect of intravenous iron sucrose on hemoglobin level, when administered in a standard dose, to anemic pregnant women in rural Northern India. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 21];8:769-70. Available from: http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2019/8/2/769/253051



Dear Respectable Editor,

While we are reading the article published by Haldar et al. (J Family Med Prim Care. 2018;7 (4):762-768. Doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_303_17) with great interest, there are many queries raised in our minds. We will be grateful if the authors clarify to us and to the readers the answers of the following queries.

First, Haldar et al. stated that they assessed the effect of intravenous iron sucrose (IVIS) on hemoglobin (Hb) levels among the pregnant anemic women.[1]

Other authors mentioned that the IVIS should be used for treatment of iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA), and the diagnosis of IDA should be based the following parameters: Hb concentration (g/dl), serum ferritin (μg/l), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), and mean corpuscular Hb (MCH).[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] We think that Haldar et al.[1] should include in their study women with IDA only.[2],[3]

Second, Haldar et al.[1] stated that pregnant women, identified as moderately or severely anemic (Hb <10.0 g/dl) in the second or third trimester during routine antenatal care, were prescribed IVIS in a standard dose of 400 mg given as 100 mg on alternate days without dose calculation or allowance for iron store was included in their study.[1]

Other authors stated that total IVIS dose for correction of IDA should be given and calculated following manufacturer's instructions: total iron needed in mg = 2.4 × prepregnancy weight in kg × (target Hb − actual Hb) g/dl + 500 mg. About 12 g/dl is the target Hb concentration, 2.4 is correction factor, and 500 mg is the amount of stored iron in pregnant adult women.[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8]

Please clarify to us and to the readers, which type of anemia in pregnancy can be treated by IVIS, how to diagnose IDA, and the ideal method for calculation of the total IVIS dose for correction of IDA during pregnancy.


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IVIS should be used for treatment of ID and IDA only and the IDA can be diagnosed by the following parameters: Hb concentration, serum ferritin, MCV, and MCH. The parenteral total IVIS dose for treatment of IDA should be calculated and given according to the manufacturer's instruction as follow: total iron needed in mg = 2.4 × prepregnancy weight × (target Hb − actual Hb) g/dl + 500 mg.

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Haldar P, Kant S, Yadav V, Majhi J, Malhotra S, Kaur R, et al. Effect of intravenous iron sucrose on hemoglobin level, when administered in a standard-dose, to anemic pregnant women in rural Northern India. J Family Med Prim Care 2018;7:762-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Abdelazim IA, Nusair B, Svetlana S, Zhurabekova G. Treatment of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia with intravenous ferric carboxymaltose in pregnancy. Arch Gynecol Obstet 2018;298:1231-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Abdelazim IA, Abu-Faza M, Elbiaa AA, Othman HS, Alsharif DA, Elsawah WF. Heme iron polypeptide (proferrin®-ES) versus iron saccharate complex (ferrosac) for treatment of iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy. Acta Med Int 2017;4:56-61.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Shafi, D, Purandare SV, Sathe AV. Iron Deficiency anemia in pregnancy: Intravenous versus oral route. J Obstet Gynaecol India 2012;62:317-21.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Bayoumeu F, Subiran-Buisset C, Baka NE, Legagneur H, Monnier-Barbarino P, Laxenaire MC. Iron therapy in iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy: Intravenous route versus oral route. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;186:518-22.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
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Bhavi SB, Jaju PB. Intravenous iron sucrose v/s oral ferrous fumarate for treatment of anemia in pregnancy. A randomized controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2017;17:137.  Back to cited text no. 6
    
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Barut A, Harma M. Intravenous iron treatment for iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy. J Turkish-German Gynecol Assoc 2009;10:109-15.  Back to cited text no. 7
    
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Kalaivani K. Prevalence and consequences of anemia in pregnancy. Indian J Med Res 2009;130:627-33.  Back to cited text no. 8
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