The exclusion of hypochromia from the iron deficiency screen
Oscar MP Jolobe
Manchester Medical Society, Manchester, UK
When the screening strategy for iron deficiency makes use of mean corpuscular volume (MCV) to the exclusion of mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), as was the case in the recent study by Radia et al1 there is a risk of repeating the mistakes highlighted in a retrospective analysis of the management of anemia, microcytosis, and hypochromia in preoperative subjects in South Australia.2
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