Effects of Ascaris infection on iron absorption in children

Islek I., Kucukoduk S., Cetinkaya F., Gurses N.

Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, vol.87, no.5, pp.477-481, 1993 (Scopus) identifier identifier


Twenty-six Ascaris-infected children and 21 control children (10 of whom had iron-deficiency anaemia) were subjected to haematological and oral iron absorption tests. The levels of oral iron absorption by the infected children and by the healthy controls were similar, whereas the level of absorption by the children with iron- deficiency anaemia was relatively high. It therefore appears that Ascaris infection does not lead to iron malabsorption and iron deficiency anaemia in children.