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In reply: Iron therapy and infection

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In Reply: We agree that iron therapy is different than iron stores, but iron therapy should be started on the basis of depleted iron stores; otherwise, it is unjustifiable. We also agree that elevated iron stores are dangerous in the setting of infection, more than iron therapy itself. This is really an unproven theory. Most studies that showed worse outcomes of iron therapy found that elevated ferritin is a risk factor. 1 The problem, as we outlined in our paper, is that most serum markers of iron are unreliable in case of inflammation or infection or in the critically ill. 2 Evaluation of bone marrow stores is probably the most accurate. 3

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