What is the focus of the clinical history to evaluate 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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Patients with transfusion-induced iron overload typically have underlying anemia and transfusion dependence. The clinician should ask about the following:

  • Duration of transfusion dependenc
  • Number of transfusions each year
  • Chelation history and compliance

Patients may complain of weight loss, fatigue, and arthralgia, along with cardiac, gastrointestinal, and endocrine manifestations.


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