The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released a clinical practice guideline for gastrointestinal evaluation of iron-deficiency anemia.
There is significant practice variability in the initial gastrointestinal evaluation of iron deficiency anemia, with uncertainty about the proper diagnostic criteria for iron deficiency in patients with anemia, the type and sequence of diagnostic evaluation with endoscopy or noninvasive testing, the utility of investigations such as routine gastric biopsies to detect Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection or autoimmune atrophic gastritis, and the need for routine duodenal biopsies to detect celiac disease. In addition, the proper diagnostic evaluation likely differs according to the underlying risk of serious gastrointestinal diseases, such as malignancy in men and women of different ages. The aim of this guideline is to outline an evidence-based approach to the initial diagnosis and evaluation of this commonly encountered clinical condition.
The seven recommendations aim to improve the quality of care and reduce practice variability are provided by the American Gastroenterological Association Institute. All the information are provided in the posters attached.
Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice.
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