13. Anemia

  1. John T. Queenan MD3,
  2. Catherine Y. Spong MD4 and
  3. Charles J. Lockwood MD5
  1. Alessandro Ghidini MD1,2

Published Online: 4 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch13

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Ghidini, A. (2012) Anemia, in Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, C. Y. Spong and C. J. Lockwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 4

    Bethesda, MD, USA

  3. 5

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Perinatal Diagnostic Center, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655764

Online ISBN: 9781119963783

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Keywords:

  • evaluation of anemia;
  • mean corpuscular volume (MCV);
  • macrocytic anemia (MCV), serum folate and vitamin B12;
  • folate deficiency, and thrombocytopenia;
  • normocytic anemia, and reticulocyte count;
  • microcytic anemia in pregnancy, and iron deficiency;
  • anemia therapy, a higher dose iron;
  • prophylaxis of iron deficiency

Summary

A comprehensive review of all causes of anemia is often intimidating for the general obstetrician. Moreover, most algorithms are not targeted to conditions highly prevalent in obstetric populations consisting mainly of healthy young women. The current chapter proposes an initial evaluation of anemia, which will allow the identification and appropriate therapy of the majority of cases encountered in a pregnant population. The few cases which defy the initial evaluation are probably better managed in consultation with a hematologist.