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Anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies: Reducing maternal death and disability during pregnancy

Van Den Broek, Nynke ORCID: (2003) 'Anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies: Reducing maternal death and disability during pregnancy'. British Medical Bulletin, Vol 67, Issue 1, pp. 149-160.

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Anaemia in pregnancy is a common and worldwide problem that deserves more attention. For many developing countries, prevalence rates of up to 75% are reported. Anaemia is frequently severe in these situations and can be expected to contribute significantly to maternal mortality and morbidity. After a discussion of definitions, screening for anaemia and prevalence, the relationship between anaemia and maternal mortality and morbidity will be reviewed. Micronutrient deficiency and especially iron deficiency is believed to be the main underlying cause for anaemia. More recently the role of vitamin A deficiency as a contributing factor to anaemia has also been examined. The difficulties of assessment of micronutrient sufficiency or deficiency in pregnancy are described, as is the interaction between infection and micronutrient deficiency states.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WD Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc > Nutrition Disorders > WD 105 Deficiency diseases
WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems > Hematologic Diseases. Immunologic Factors. Blood Banks > WH 155 Anemia
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 252 Hematologic complications
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Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 10:12
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 16:29


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