Accession Number:

ADA091476

Title:

Iron Nutrition, Immunity and Infection,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FREDERICK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-10-28

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

During infection, physiological mechanisms withhold iron from invading microorganisms by sequestering it in tissue stores. These mechanisms increase the concentration of unsaturated transferrin in plasma by reducing plasma iron values. In contrast to the need for iron administration in patients with iron-deficiency, therapeutic iron is of no benefit and may be harmful if given during infection. In patients with coexisting protein-energy malnutrition and iron deficiency, iron therapy may be associated with the reemergence of a latent infection. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE