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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.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Haematologia (Budap)

Volume

17

Pages

17 - 24