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Oral Iron for IBD Patients: Lessons Learned at Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, Pieve Emanuele, 20090 Milan, Italy
Department of Gastroenterology and Inserm NGERE U1256, University Hospital of Nancy, University of Lorraine, 54500 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
IBD Center, Department of Gastroenterology, Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, IRCCS, Rozzano, 20089 Milan, Italy
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(5), 1536;
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 15 May 2020 / Accepted: 18 May 2020 / Published: 19 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Therapies and Approaches to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD))
Anemia is a frequent manifestation in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and requires tight monitoring and adequate supplementary therapy. Intravenous iron is the first-line treatment in subjects with moderate–severe anemia, active disease, or oral iron intolerance. On the other hand, oral iron is recommended in patients with mild anemia and inactive disease. However, during the current coronavirus pandemic, hospital activities have significantly changed, and all non-essential procedures, including non-urgent iron infusions, have been rescheduled. Oral iron, including both the traditional formulations with ferrous iron and the new ferric iron complexes, could constitute a valid alternative for anemia treatment. For this reason, we conducted a literature review, to summarize the scientific evidence on oral iron therapy in IBD patients with anemia. View Full-Text
Keywords: anemia; iron deficiency; oral iron; inflammatory bowel disease; COVID-19 anemia; iron deficiency; oral iron; inflammatory bowel disease; COVID-19
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D’Amico, F.; Peyrin-Biroulet, L.; Danese, S. Oral Iron for IBD Patients: Lessons Learned at Time of COVID-19 Pandemic. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 1536.

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