What is the simplest method of confirming anaemia due to iron deficiency?

  1. Showing that the Hb is low (below 9 g/dl). This can be done with a haemoglobinometer but is more accurately measured with a full blood count.
  2. Examination of a peripheral blood smear to show small, pale red cells
  3. A trial of iron treatment

Finding a low mean red cell size and haemoglobin concentration on a full blood count will confirm the finding of microcytosis and hypochromia on a peripheral smear.

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