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Haematological effect of iron supplementation in breast fed term low birth weight infants
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    Tissue energtics and iron deficiency anaemia.

    Dear Editor,

    Low birth weight infants are likely to have a decline in energy charge [1] which impairs their ability to secrete acid [2] and thereby absorb iron efficiently. As the availability of succinyl Co A, an intermediate in the Krebs cycle needed for efficient ATP and haeme synthesis, may also be compromised the synthesis of haeme might also be impaired. Rational management of an iron deficiency anaemia...

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    Early enteral iron supplementation in very low birth weight infants
    • Filiz Tiker, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
    • Other Contributors:
      • Aylin Tarcan, Namik Ozbek, and Berkan Gurakan

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the recent article by Aggarwal et al evaluating the haematological effect of iron supplementation in breast fed term low birth weight (LBW) infants. [1]

    Low birth weight infants are more susceptible to iron deficiency owing to their proportionately smaller iron store at birth and their relative higher growth rate in the first months of life. Erythropoiesis at all ages...

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