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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 249
 

Increase in hemoglobin among the mothers at different levels of hemoglobin


Department of Human Nutrition Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication21-Oct-2013

Correspondence Address:
Umesh Kapil
Department of Human Nutrition Unit, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.120164

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Sareen N, Bhadoria AS, Kapil U. Increase in hemoglobin among the mothers at different levels of hemoglobin. Indian J Community Med 2013;38:249

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Sareen N, Bhadoria AS, Kapil U. Increase in hemoglobin among the mothers at different levels of hemoglobin. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Jan 20];38:249. Available from: http://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2013/38/4/249/120164


Sir,

We wish to comment on the article entitled "Iron Sucrose Versus Oral Iron Therapy in Pregnancy Anemia" published in October 2012 issue of Indian Journal of Community Medicine. [1] The research communication was extremely informative keeping in view of high prevalence of anemia amongst pregnant women 58.7% (<12.0 g/dl)

and non-pregnant women 55.3% (<12.0 g/dl) as per National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3) 2005-06 data. [2]

The investigators found that there was a mean increase of hemoglobin of 1.31 g/dl in oral iron group and 2.06 g/dl in intravenous group. The small increase in hemoglobin may be because there are other causes of anemia like micronutrient deficiencies (e.g., folate, B 12 and Vitamin A deficiencies), helminthic infestations, malaria and hemoglobinopathies. The investigators found that there was an increase in hemoglobin in oral iron group from 9.75 g/dl to 11.06 g/dl and in intravenous iron group from 9.18 g/dl to 11.24 g/dl.

It would have been scientifically more valid if the increase in hemoglobin amongst the mothers at different levels of hemoglobin viz: Hb 7-8 g/dl, 8-9 g/dl, 9-10 g/dl and 10-11 g/dl in two groups is shared with readers of IJCM. This information would be important for policy makers.

The pregnant women of hemoglobin 6.5 g/dl were included in the study, who was suffering from severe anemia. This is ethically wrong as these women require treatment.

 
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1.Neeru S, Nair NS, Rai L. Iron sucrose versus oral iron therapy in pregnancy anemia. Indian J Community Med 2012;37:214-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.National Family Health Survey (NFHS 3), 2005-06, Vol. 1. Mumbai: International Institute for Population Sciences; 2007.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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