European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 171, Issue 1, pp 143–146 | Cite as

Ferritin and iron levels in children with autistic disorder

  • Sabri HergünerEmail author
  • Fatih Mehmet Keleşoğlu
  • Cansaran Tanıdır
  • Mazlum Çöpür
Original Paper


Iron has an important role on cognitive, behavioral, and motor development. High prevalence of iron deficiency has been reported in autism. The aim of this study was to investigate iron status in a group of children with autistic disorder. The sample was composed of 116 children between 3 and 16 years with a diagnosis of autistic disorder according to DSM-IV criteria. Serum ferritin, iron, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, and red cell distribution width values were measured. We found that 24.1% of subjects had iron deficiency, and 15.5% had anemia. There was a significant positive correlation between age and ferritin and hematological measures. Results of this study confirmed that iron deficiency and anemia are common in children with autistic disorder. Conclusion: These findings suggest that ferritin levels should be measured in subjects with autism as a part of routine investigation.


Autism Children Ferritin Iron deficiency Anemia 



The authors do not have any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal, or other relationships with other people or organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabri Hergüner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  • Fatih Mehmet Keleşoğlu
    • 3
  • Cansaran Tanıdır
    • 4
  • Mazlum Çöpür
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Meram Faculty of MedicineSelcuk UniversityKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Clinic of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryBakırköy State Hospital for Mental Health and Neurological DisordersIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, Istanbul Faculty of MedicineIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Clinic of PediatricsOkmeydanı State HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  5. 5.Cocuk ve Ergen Psikiyatrisi ADMeram Tip FakultesiKonyaTurkey

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