Iron absorption in non-transfused iron loading anaemias: prediction of risk for iron loading, and response to iron chelation treatment, in beta thalassaemia intermedia and congenital sideroblastic anaemias.
Pippard MJ., Weatherall DJ.
A variable rate of iron loading, reaching toxic levels in some patients, was seen in a series of non-transfused patients with beta thalassaemia intermedia or sideroblastic anaemia. The degree of anaemia was a poor guide to the risk of iron overload. However the extent of erythroid hyperplasia, judged by ferrokinetic studies or more simply by bone marrow aspiration, was useful in predicting both the rate of iron loading and the need for iron chelation therapy.