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Iron poisoning: Report of three cases and a review of therapeutic intervention

  • Jay L. Schauben
    Correspondence
    Reprint address: Dr. Jay L. Schauben, Division of Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center, 655 West 8th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209
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    Clinical Toxicology service, University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

    Division of Emergency Medicine,University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

    Division of Emergency Medicine,University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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  • W.Lynn Augenstein
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    Clinical Toxicology service, University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

    Division of Emergency Medicine,University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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  • Jeffrey Cox
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    Department of Pharmacy Services, University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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  • Randall Sato
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    Division of Emergency Medicine,University Medical Center, University of Florida Health Science Center/Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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      Abstract

      Although the acute ingestion of iron-containing preparations can produce very serious consequences, the majority of reported exposures are not associated with significant morbidity or mortality. We present 3 cases of acute iron ingestion and review the aspects of general management, with an emphasis on the appropriate choice of a gastrointestinal decontamination procedure.

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