Anemia of chronic inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis: pathogenesis and choice of treatment

Garmish O.O.

Summary. Anemia has been a common clinical problem in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Protein hepcidin is a negative regulator of iron absorption in the intestine and iron mobilization from the depot. Decrease of iron in blood circulation is the main biological effect of hepcidin. Several studies have examined the frequency and type of anemia in rheumatoid arthritis patients, and the impact of biological agents (tocilizumab and TNF-α group) on the anemia progress. Successful treatment of the main disease which causes the anemia’s spreading usually helps to normalize existing haematological disorders.

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