Which age groups have the highest prevalence of transfusion-induced iron overload?

Updated: May 07, 2021
  • Author: Geneva E Guarin, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Several distinct groups can be recognized in terms of the initiation of transfusion therapy. The average age of patients undergoing transfusion initiation is 4 years in thalassemia and 13 years in sickle cell disease [20] ; in adults, the average age at transfusion initiation is in the 40s for aplastic anemia, [23] and in the 60s for myelodysplasia. [24]


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