Journal Article

The Effect of Iron Supplementation on Visual‐evoked Potentials in Infants with Iron‐deficiency Anemia

S. Ümit Sarici, Vedat Okutan, M. Ruşen Dündaröz, A. Muhittin Serdar, Ridvan Akin, Gülhis Deda and Erdal Gökçay

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 47, issue 3, pages 132-135
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/47.3.132
The Effect of Iron Supplementation on Visual‐evoked Potentials in Infants with Iron‐deficiency Anemia

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Flash visual‐evoked potentials were studied in 20 infants with iron‐deficiency anemia to determine the effect of iron deficiency on visual function by using visual‐evoked potentials in this type of anemia. After iron therapy for 12 weeks, visual‐evoked potentials were retested in these otherwise healthy infants. All infants showed an excellent hematological response to iron therapy. Post‐treatment visual‐evoked potential N2 latencies (negative deflections) decreased significantly compared to the pre‐treatment values (p < 0.05). These results suggest that iron‐deficiency anemia causes subclinical visual impairment, and visual‐evoked potentials may be a useful non‐invasive means of detecting subtle effects of nutritional deficiencies and monitoring the nutritional status of infants.

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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