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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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JOVER D, Francisco; ANDREU G, Lucio; ROBERT G, Jaqueline  y  MERINO S, Jaime. Acute iron poisoning. Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2001, vol.129, n.6, pp.660-662. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872001000600010.

The ingestion of iron-containing products is a potential toxicological emergency. It is a leading cause of pediatric unintentional ingestion fatalities because some iron-containing compounds are readily available (vitamin mixtures, iron pills). Among adults, it has been described as accidental overdoses (mainly in pregnancy) and as suicidal attempts. We report a 42 years old woman, admitted due to the intentional ingestion of iron pills with suicidal purposes. A plain abdominal X ray showed at least 20 pills in the gastric fundus and antrum. She was successfully treated with intravenous desferroxamine chelation. Plain abdominal X ray examination can be very useful in the diagnosis of acute iron poisoning (Rev Méd Chile 2001; 129: 660-2)

Palabras clave : Iron compounds; Iron chelating agents; Poisoning.

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