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Recent guidelines for management of anaemia in CKD recommend regular testing for iron deficiency in both non-anaemic and anaemic patients, with the frequency of testing dependent on the stage of disease and treatment (Table 2)1. Reliance on haemoglobin level alone for diagnosis should be avoided, as this could potentially lead to delay in the identification and treatment of iron deficiency in CKD.

Table 2. Frequency of testing for anaemia in patients with chronic kidney disease1

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