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Management of anemia in IBD

Bruce E. Sands, MD, MS

Chief of the Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology
Dr. Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Health System
New York, NY, US

Biography

Introduction

Anemia is the most common systemic manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and can be a significant and costly complication. Many physicians are still reluctant to administer iron intravenously, despite the availability of a variety of new IV preparations with improved safety profiles, and despite the recommendations of international expert guidelines. This activity will discuss some of the common causes and clinical implications of anemia in IBD. It will also consider the best approaches to treating this common complication in patients with IBD.

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and registered nurses involved in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Release date: December 8, 2014

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Recognize the causes and clinical implications of anemia in gastroenterology practice
  • Differentiate iron deficiency anemia from other causes of anemia
  • Identify best approaches to treating iron deficiency anemia
  • Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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