Refractory iron-deficiency anaemia due to silent Helicobacter pylori gastritis in children

Aglaia Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Athínai, Attica, Greece
European Journal of Pediatrics (Impact Factor: 1.98). 04/2003; 162(3):177-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00431-002-1139-x
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ABSTRACT We describe the cases of three children with chronic active Helicobacter pylori gastritis and iron-deficiency anaemia without evidence of oesophagogastrointestinal bleeding. In all cases, long-standing iron supplementation became effective only after eradication of Helicobacter pylori. CONCLUSION: Iron-deficiency anaemia may be due to clinically inapparent H. pylori gastritis.

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