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Preoperative intravenous iron to treat anaemia before major abdominal surgery (PREVENTT): a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial. Lancet 2020; 396: 1353-1361.

Published: 9th February 2021

Authors: Richards T, Baikady RR, Clevenger B, Butcher A, Abeysiri S, Chau M et al.


In this study that included 487 participants, intravenous iron given 10-42 days before surgery did not reduced the need for perioperative blood transfusion (105 in the iron group and 111 in controls), or the composite end point of death/transfusion: risk ratio 1.03, 95 per cent c.i. 0.78 to 1.37, P=0.84.

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