Treatment of Iron Deficiency in the Elderly: A New Paradigm

Michael Auerbach, Jerry Spivak

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Although gene sequencing has elucidated several mutations associated with mild cytopenias in older individuals, iron deficiency remains the most common cause of anemia. Oral iron has remained the frontline standard despite evidence that it is poorly tolerated, often ineffective, and frequently harmful. Studies of different formulations of intravenous iron have shown it effective, with marginal to no toxicity. Serious adverse events have not been described and the failure to address its administration in iron-deficient elderly patients is an unmet clinical need. This article outlines situations in which oral iron should be proscribed and offers an approach to administration of available formulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-317
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in geriatric medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • Anemia
  • Erythropoiesis
  • Intravenous iron
  • Iron deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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