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Vol. 112, No. 4, 2004
Issue release date: November 2004
Section title: Original Paper
Acta Haematol 2004;112:179–183
(DOI:10.1159/000081268)

Five-Year Trial of Deferiprone Chelation Therapy in Thalassaemia major Patients

Taher A.a,b · Aoun E.a · Sharara A.I.a · Mourad F.a · Gharzuddine W.a · Koussa S.b · Inati A.b · Dhillon A.P.c · Hoffbrand A.V.c
aDepartment of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut, Medical Center, Beirut, and bChronic Care Center, Hazmieh, Lebanon; cRoyal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: November 11, 2003
Accepted: June 30, 2004
Published online: November 25, 2004
Issue release date: November 2004

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0001-5792 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9662 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/AHA

Abstract

Twelve thalassaemia major patients have been given deferiprone 75 mg/kg body weight daily as iron chelation therapy for 5 years. Their ages ranged from 18 to 34 years (mean 24.2) at the end of the study. Two patients were hepatitis C virus (HCV) mRNA positive and a further 5 were positive for HCV antibody. The mean serum ferritin level fell significantly from 4,302 ± 2,245 µg/l SD at baseline to 3,032 ± 1,155 µg/l at 2 years (p = 0.037) and 2,229 ± 1,070 µg/l (p = 0.007) at 5 years. At the end of the study, liver iron ranged from 3.59 to 23.7 mg/g dry weight (mean 11.9 ± 5.4), 3 patients having levels >15 mg/g. There was no significant change in serum AST levels, but ALT levels fell significantly at 2 years (p = 0.019) and 5 years (p = 0.001). Liver biopsy at the end of the study showed no evidence of hepatic fibrosis caused by deferiprone. Cardiac studies showed no overall change in left ventricular ejection fraction but a significant improvement in isovolumic relaxation time (p = 0.045). We conclude that in this albeit small group of thalassaemia major patients, deferiprone was a safe long-term method of iron chelation. In a minority, higher doses of deferiprone or a combination with desferrioxamine would be needed to lower liver iron below 15 mg/g.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: November 11, 2003
Accepted: June 30, 2004
Published online: November 25, 2004
Issue release date: November 2004

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0001-5792 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9662 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/AHA


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