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Nutritional Iron Deficiency Anemia in an Adult Male: Report of a Case

Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):683-688. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-683
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Hypochromic microcytic anemia is probably the most common type of anemia and in adults is almost always the result of pathologic blood loss. In 1955, Moore (1) stated that in the United States there was not a single, well-documented published instance in which iron deficiency anemia has been shown to develop in an adult male in the absence of blood loss. By estimating total body iron and calculating the amount of iron lost from the body, Moore (2) concluded that it would require 10 years or more for an adult male to develop iron-deficiency anemia on a purely nutritional basis.


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