Q. What can be done to remove excess iron from heart and liver in a thalessemia patient?

Answered by
Dr. Parth R Goswami
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This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 03, 2018

Hello doctor,

My brother is a Thalassemia major patient. He goes through regular bi-weekly blood transfusions. He has been also taking one Desferal injection on daily basis. Recently T2 MRI scan was done for him which shows a severe amount of iron in heart and liver. I need your expert advice on chelating iron from heart and liver. Please suggest.



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Sorry to hear about your brother condition. To treat chronic iron overload in the body due to thalassemia major, he can be given an intravenous injection or subcutaneous infusion of Desferal. Usually, in such case, 1 to 2 gm daily dose of Desferal might be needed. The only thing can be done for such iron overload due to thalassemia is Desferal injection or subcutaneous infusion. There is no other specific treatment for such iron overload apart from Desferal. You need to visit hematologist or trained pediatrician nearby for Desferal therapy. Unfortunately, no other treatment option apart from Iron chelators is available.

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