Frequency of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) among patients with Helicobacter pylori infection

  • Adeel Rahat
  • Lubna Kamani Liaquat National Hospital
Keywords: Helicobacter pylori infection, Iron deficiency anemia, Anemia


Background and Objective: Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) is a widespread infection across the globe having a high prevalence among the developing countries. Iron Deficiency is anticipated to be the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency globally, the most frequent cause of anemia. Our objective was to determine frequency of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) among patients with H. Pylori gastritis.

Methods: It was a cross-sectional prospective study. Patients fulfilling inclusion criteria were enrolled at Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Blood samples were taken for serum iron, transferrin saturation, ferritin, and total iron-binding capacity and H.pylori assessed by urea breath test, stool for antigen, Rapid urease test or histopathology.

Results: 112 patients with H. Pylori infection with anemia were included. 53 (47.3%) were males & 59 (52.7%) were females with mean age of 38.4464 ± 9.00634 years. Iron deficiency anemia was seen in 42 patients (37.5%).

Conclusion: IDA was noted in 37.5% of cases. H. Pylori infection is a frequent cause of iron-deficiency anemia of previously unidentified origin among adults.


How to cite this:
Rahat A, Kamani L. Frequency of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) among patients with Helicobacter pylori infection. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(3):776-781. doi:

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Rahat, A., & Kamani, L. (2021). Frequency of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) among patients with Helicobacter pylori infection. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(3).
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