Blood Rev. 2013 Nov;27(6):289-95. doi: 10.1016/j.blre.2013.10.001. Epub 2013 Oct 9.
Iron and transfusion medicine.
Waldvogel-Abramovski S, Waeber G, Gassner C, Buser A, Frey BM, Favrat B, Tissot JD.
Blood bankers have focused their energy to secure blood transfusion, and only recently have studies been published on the effect of blood donation on iron metabolism. In many facilities, hemoglobin measurement is only performed just before or even during blood donation, but the determination of iron stores is largely ignored. The 2013 paradox of transfusion medicine is due to the fact that blood donation may be harmful and leads to iron deficiency with or without anemia, but for other individuals, it may be a healthy measure preventing type 2 diabetes. The purpose of this review is to discuss iron metabolism in the perspective of blood donation, notably regarding their possible genetic profiles that eventually will discriminate “good” iron absorbers from “bad” iron responders. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved