Haemoglobin mass in an anaemic female endurance runner before and after iron supplementation

Laura Garvican, Louisa Lobigs, Richard Telford, Kieran Fallon, Christopher Gore

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    Haemoglobin mass in a female endurance athlete was measured via carbon monoxide rebreathing upon diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia (haemoglobin concentration = 8.8 g/dL, ferritin = 9.9 ng/mL) and regularly during treatment thereafter. Haemoglobin mass increased by 49% in the 2 wk following an intramuscular iron injection and continued to increase with oral iron supplementation for 15 wk. The presented case illustrates that haemoglobin mass is readily responsive to iron supplementation in a severely iron-deficient anemic athlete and that changes can be tracked efficiently using the CO-rebreathing method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-140
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


    • Anaemia
    • Erythropoiesis
    • Haemoglobin mass
    • Iron deficiency


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