LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It is clear from the C-reactive protein Comment on ‘‘The Reply: The Important Role measurements that a proportion of the Important Role for patients in the study by Froessler et al had for Intravenous Iron in evidence of systemic inflammation before Intravenous Iron in Perioperative Patient surgery and given the above, iron deficiency was apparent rather than real in these patients Perioperative Patient Blood Management in and as a consequence some patients may not Blood Management in Major Abdominal Surgery: have benefited from an iron infusion. Indeed, it may be speculated that the benefit of the Major Abdominal Surgery: A Randomized iron infusion was confined to those patients A Randomized who did not have evidence of systemic Controlled Trial inflammation. Controlled Trial’’ We encourage the authors to report such analysis and other workers considering the use of iron infusion, to correct anemia, to monitor Reply: To the Editor: the systemic inflammatory response in the pre e would like to thank McSorley et al t is with interest that we read the article by and postoperative period. W for their interest in our work and their I Froessler et al reporting a randomized comment on our article ‘‘The Important Role controlled study of the use of parenteral iron Disclosure: The authors of this manu- for Intravenous Iron in Perioperative Patient to correct preoperative anemia and reduce script have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Blood Management in Major Abdominal perioperative blood transfusion in patients Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial’’. undergoing major abdominal surgery. The McSorley et al highlight the import- Stephen T. McSorley, MBChB authors conclude that the use of parenteral ance of our results and emphasize on the David Mansouri, PhD iron preoperatively in those patients deemed desirability of a reduction in the requirement Paul G. Horgan, PhD to be anemic due to iron deficiency was of for perioperative allogeneic blood transfu- Donald C. McMillan, PhD significant benefit, in particular, that it was sion (ABT). However, they raise a reasonable Academic Unit of Surgery, School of associated with reduced perioperative blood question about the recruitment into our study Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow transfusion, higher preoperative hemoglobin based on the measurement of iron stores Scotland, UK concentration, and reduced length of stay. using ferritin, transferrin saturation, and firstname.lastname@example.org This was consistent with prior meta-analysis hemoglobin levels, and consider this to be reporting similar results with the use of intra- potentially problematic. venous iron preparations. Clearly, as they We agree that many patients under- REFERENCES state, a reduction in the requirement for going major abdominal surgery for cancer 1. Froessler B, Palm P, Weber I, et al. 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