Author(s): Massawe SN, Urassa EN, Mmari M, Ronquist G, Lindmark G,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the main causes of anemia in pregnancy in Dar-es-Salaam and identify appropriate investigations at all levels of care. MATERIALS: All pregnant women booking for antenatal care at 2 clinics (n = 2,235) were screened for anemia. Investigations for etiology of anemia were done in all anemic women (Hb <10.5 g/dl) (n = 361). METHODS: Blood cell counts, microscopy of blood films, S-ferritin, C-reactive protein, HIV, stool parasite and bone marrow analysis were performed. RESULTS: Iron deficiency dominated in 86\% and malaria in 1/3 of anemia cases. Since 42\% had indication of ongoing inflammation, S-ferritin was less useful as indicator of iron deficiency but blood film microscopy identified most cases.
This article was published in Gynecol Obstet Invest
and referenced in Journal of Allergy & Therapy