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ID:315 Iron (acute)
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DescriptionUrgent Iron is only available via prior arrangement with the laboratory.
IndicationInvestigation of ingestion of iron tablets.
Additional InfoIRON POISONING: Usually occurs in children due to accidental poisoning. Occasionally overdoses have occurred in adults. Pregnant women on iron supplements may pose a particular clinical problem. If toxicity is suspected it is vital to treat the patient immediatelty before any laboratory iron estimation is obtained. A guide to the amount of iron tablets ingested may be obtained by an abdominal X-ray (within 4 hours) which also shows if emptying is complete. As a guide blood should be taken for serum iron 4 hours post ingestion. However the variety of iron formulations on the market today, together with the lack of knowledge on it's kinetics means treatment should not be based upon iron estimations. Poisons centre advice is as follows: Blood taken 4 hrs post ingestion. A serum iron between 55 - 90 umol/L should be treated with I.M chelation therapy (desferrioaxamine). A serum iron between >90 umol/L should be treated with I.V chelation therapy.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna


Ref. Range (Male)14 - 30
Ref. Range (Female)11 - 29
Ref. Range (Paed)
Ref. Range Notes

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IP Routine TATRefer to Website
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT24 hours
Turnround CommentNA
Originally edited by : . Last edited on 12/08/2017 08:32:15. Published By sylvia bennett on 12/08/2016 08:32:15.