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Iron Overload and Chelation Therapy

  1. Kenneth R Bridges

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002278



How to Cite

Bridges, K. R. 2001. Iron Overload and Chelation Therapy. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Iron overload (haemochromatosis) is a disorder of iron metabolism commonly due to hereditary haemochromatosis or chronic transfusions. Chelation is the only available treatment for transfusional iron overload.


  • iron;
  • haemochromatosis;
  • chelation;
  • transfusions;
  • ferritin