Document Type : Original Article


1 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

2 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Department of Clinical Toxicology, Loghman-Hakim General Teaching Hospital Poison Center, Faculty of Medicine, Toxicological Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Legal Medicine Research Center, Legal Medicine Organization, Tehran, Iran


Background: The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of acute iron poisoning among patients in a referral poison control center located in Tehran. It also studied their clinical profile, treatment, and outcome.
Methods: This retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted on acute iron poisoned patients, who were admitted to the poison center from March 21, 2015 to March 19, 2020. Some background variables such as age, gender, ingested dose, time interval between onset of poisoning to hospital admission, the need for antidote, clinical presentations, paraclinical findings and outcome of poisoning were extracted from patients’ medical records. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS software. 
Results: A total of 74 patients with acute iron poisoning with a mean age of 16.85 ± 11.97 years included in this study. Sixty-one (82.4%) patients were female and the most affected age group was 19-30 years (35.1%). The ingestion dose median in patients under 18 years old was 2450 (IQR=5600, Min= 120, Max= 30000) mg and in the group over 18 years old it was 9000 (IQR= 11125, Min= 600, Max= 30000) mg. Vomiting (66.2%) and lethargy (24.3%) were the most common clinical presentations on admission. Metabolic acidosis was the most common abnormality in blood gas analysis (43.2%). Positive findings in abdominal radiography have been observed in 4 (5.4%) cases. The serum iron concentration in the patients were 259.54 ± 153.96 μg/dL. Moreover, mortality was reported in one case (1.3%). There was a significant difference between the age of the patients whom received deferoxamine and more patients under 18 years of age received the antidotal therapy (p=0.003).
Conclusion: The present study showed a low mortality rate among the acute iron poisoning patients. From this view, it can be concluded that adults have lower mortality rates than children.


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