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Evaluation and management of anemia in the elderly AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEMATOLOGY Goodnough, L. T., Schrier, S. L. 2014; 89 (1): 88-96


Anemia is now recognized as a risk factor for a number of adverse outcomes in the elderly, including hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality. What constitutes appropriate evaluation and management for an elderly patient with anemia, and when to initiate a referral to a hematologist, are significant issues. Attempts to identify suggested hemoglobin levels for blood transfusion therapy have been confounded for elderly patients with their co-morbidities. Since no specific recommended hemoglobin threshold has stood the test of time, prudent transfusion practices to maintain hemoglobin thresholds of 9-10 g/dL in the elderly are indicated, unless or until evidence emerges to indicate otherwise. Am. J. Hematol. 89:88-96, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

View details for DOI 10.1002/ajh.23598

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