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Iron Deficiency Anemia: Screening

Release Date: May 2006

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Recommendation Summary

Summary of Screening Recommendations - Children and Pregnant Women

PopulationRecommendationGrade
(What's This?)
Asymptomatic Children aged 6 to 12 Months

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening for iron deficiency anemia in asymptomatic children aged 6 to 12 months.

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.
Pregnant Women

The USPSTF recommends routine screening for iron deficiency anemia in asymptomatic pregnant women.

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

Summary of Supplementation Recommendations - Children and Pregnant Women

PopulationRecommendationGrade
(What's This?)
Asymptomatic Children aged 6 to 12 months, Average Risk

The USPSTF concludes that evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine iron supplementation for asymptomatic children aged 6 to 12 months who are at average risk for iron deficiency anemia.

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.
Non-anemic Pregnant Women

The USPSTF concludes that evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine iron supplementation for non-anemic pregnant women. 

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.
Children

The USPSTF recommends routine iron supplementation for asymptomatic children ages 6 to 12 months who are at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia (go to the Clinical Considerations for a discussion of increased risk).

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

Related Information for Consumers

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Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

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Current as of: March 2015

Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. May 2006.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/iron-deficiency-anemia-screening

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