Oncology & Hemotology

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Iron Deficiency Anemia: What Family Physicians Need to Know About Diagnosis and Management

Friday, November 24
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common cause of anemia worldwide. The prevalence of iron deficiency anemia has been found to be as high as 4% in women, 16% of pregnant women in the 3rd trimester and 6% in elderly patients. However, IDA is underrecognized and undertreated. In severe cases, patients are often referred to the emergency department for red blood cell transfusion. The first objective is to learn how to recognize iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is defined as hemoglobin less than 120 g/L in women and 130 g/L in men. Iron deficiency is defined as a ferritin less than 30 ug/L OR a ferritin less than 100 ug/L with a transferrin saturation less than 20%. A mean cell volume (MCV) less than 80 fL when previously documented as normal may also be an indicator of IDA. Causes of iron deficiency anemia will be reviewed. The second objective is to learn how to prescribe treatment for iron deficiency anemia. The available oral iron formulations will be discussed along with their side effects. Indications for intravenous iron and their side effects will also be presented. A case-based approach will be used in this session.

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Yulia Lin

Transfusion Medicine Specialist & Associate Professor
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Dr. Yulia Lin is a transfusion medicine specialist and hematologist in the Department of Clinical Pathology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She has participated in provincial and national working groups in the field of transfusion medicine, including the Ontario Transfusion Coordinators Network (OnTraC) Steering Committee, the Ontario Blood Advisory Committee Provincial IVIG Advisory Panel, the Ontario Transfusion Quality Improvement Plan Committee and the Technical Committee on Blood and Blood Products for the Canadian Standards Association. She is the lead physician for blood conservation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her academic interests include appropriate use of blood products, transfusion safety and physician education in transfusion medicine.

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