Acute intentional iron overdose in pregnancy

Thao Tran, Joseph R. Wax, Joy D. Steinfeld, Charles J. Ingardia

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Background: Although iron is the second most common overdose agent in pregnancy, the obstetric literature does not reflect current management of this emergency. Case: A 27-year-old woman, para 0-3-4-3, at 27 weeks' gestation ingested 24 mg/kg of elemental iron in a suicide attempt. Therapy with crystalloid hydration, gastric lavage, and intravenous deferoxamine chelation treated the overdose without maternal or fetal complications. Conclusion: Pregnancy should not alter therapy for acute iron overdose. Deferoxamine administered in the third trimester is not associated with perinatal complications and is potentially life saving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-680
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4 II SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes


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