What is iron chelation therapy?

Also known as: chelation therapy.

Iron chelation therapy is a treatment used to remove excess iron from the blood. When individuals have to get many blood transfusions, iron overload can become a problem for them. When people have sickle cell disease, iron chelation therapy in the form of deferoxamine (Jadenu) has been shown to enhance iron excretion and remove excess tissue iron in regularly transfused patients.

Reviewed by: Athena C Pefkarou, MD

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