Anemia, Iron Deficiency and Iodine Deficiency among Nepalese School Children: Correspondence
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To the Editor: The article entitled “Anemia, Iron Deficiency and Iodine Deficiency among Nepalese School Children” recently published in Indian Journal of Pediatrics was extremely informative and useful . The authors had collected 759 urine samples and 316 blood samples from school children. The authors found Urinary Iodine Excretion (UIE) was low amongst children with iron deficiency anemia. Also, a significant association was found between UIE with hemoglobin and iron status.
In the above study the investigators collected “on the spot” casual urine samples of children and estimated their UIE levels.
We would like to share with the readers of Indian Journal of Pediatrics that the individual Iodine Nutrition Status (of Children), cannot be estimated based on assessment of UIE in “On the Spot” urine samples. The UIE estimation from “On the Spot” urine samples provides estimates of iodine status in the population as a whole and not of the specific individuals constituting the...