Brainstem auditory-evoked potentials in iron-deficiency anemia

Sarici S., Serdar M. A. , Dundaroz M., Unay B., Akin R., Deda G., ...More

PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY, vol.24, no.3, pp.205-208, 2001 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0887-8994(00)00270-8
  • Title of Journal : PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-208


Slight-to-moderate impairments may be observed in mental and motor developments of infants with iron-deficiency anemia. Brainstem auditory-evoked potentials provide a noninvasive means of examining the auditory aspect of the central nervous system functions, In this study the effect of iron-deficiency anemia on auditory functions was investigated by using brainstem auditory-evoked potentials, Brainstem auditory-evoked potentials of the 20 iron-deficient infants were not significantly different from those of the control group that included 20 healthy age-matched infants. Furthermore, there was not a statistically significant difference between the brainstem auditory-evoked potentials of the study group performed before and 3 months after oral iron therapy. Although we could not demonstrate a hearing loss in infants with moderate iron-deficiency anemia in this study, the relationship between severe iron-deficiency anemia and hearing loss or auditory dysfunction remains to be determined. (C) 2001 by Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.