JAY W. MARKS, M.D.
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To the editor: I was interested in the letter from Drs. Chandra and Rosner (Ann Intern Med 78:973-974, 1973) about olives-craving in iron deficiency anemia. I wish to add my own experience with a patient I saw recently.
A 44-year-old menstruating woman had mild symptoms of dyspepsia. Initially, her hemoglobin was 13 g/100 ml, but during a 2-month period it progressively fell to 9.7 g/100 ml. At that time the red cells were slightly microcytic and hypochromic, and her serum iron level was low, with the iron-binding capacity borderline-high. Bone marrow iron was absent. Stool specimens for occult blood were
MARKS JW. Lettuce-Craving and Iron Deficiency. Ann Intern Med. ;79:612. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-4-612
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(4):612.
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