Severe acquired anaemia in Africa: new concepts

  title={Severe acquired anaemia in Africa: new concepts},
  author={Micha{\"e}l Boele van Hensbroek and Femkje A. M. Jonker and Imelda Bates},
  journal={British Journal of Haematology},
Severe anaemia is common in Africa. It has a high mortality and particularly affects young children and pregnant women. Recent research provides new insights into the mechanisms and causes of severe acquired anaemia and overturns accepted dogma. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 and vitamin A, but not of iron or folic acid, are associated with severe anaemia. Bacterial infections and, in very young children, hookworm infections are also common in severe anaemia. Irrespective of the aetiology, the… 

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