When is treatment with iron chelation agents indicated for hemochromatosis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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In patients with hemochromatosis and heart disease, anemia, or poor venous access, treatment with iron chelation agents is recommended. The therapeutic perspectives comprise compounds inhibiting intestinal absorption of iron, chelators of iron, hepcidin, or ferroportin supplementation. In disease caused by hepcidin deficiency, protein supplementation with hepcidin is advised.


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