Correspondence

Use of the Mentzer index will assist in early diagnosis of iron deficiency in South African children

D Lawrie, D K Glencross

Abstract


A recent review article by Dr R Thejpal in CME provided a comprehensive update on the diagnosis, treatment and challenges of early diagnosis of iron deficiency in South African children. Although several definitive laboratory tests are readily available in SA National Health Laboratory Service laboratories for diagnosing iron deficiency in both children and adults, laboratory testing is expensive and, as noted previously, regions with a high prevalence of anaemia also have a large burden of infectious diseases that invariably become the laboratory priority in resource-constrained settings. 


Authors' affiliations

D Lawrie, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand and National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa

D K Glencross, Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand and National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa

Full Text

PDF (49KB)

Keywords

Mentzer index; Iron deficiency; South Africa; Children

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):702-703. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8589

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-14
Date published: 2015-09-14

Article Views

Abstract views: 1320
Full text views: 463

Comments on this article

*Read our policy for posting comments here