volume 10, issue 3, Pe118-e123 2015
DOI: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2015.03.001
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Deepa L. Sekhar, Laura E. Murray-Kolb, Allen R. Kunselman, Ian M. Paul

Abstract: Background & Aims Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency in the United States affecting 9–16% of female adolescents. With the primary purpose of detecting iron deficiency, primary care screening consists of a hemoglobin or hematocrit laboratory test. This method is simple and inexpensive, but tests for anemia, and is neither sensitive nor specific for iron deficiency. Alternate methods for diagnosing iron deficiency using the ferritin and body iron models are not widely utilized. The st…

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