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Longitudinal changes in serum ferritin levels correlate with measures of hepatic stiffness in transfusion-independent patients with β-thalassemia intermedia.
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PMID:  22727143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Despite evidence of considerable iron overload in transfusion-independent patients with β-thalassemia intermedia, data on hepatic outcomes remain scarce. We analyzed data from a cohort of 42 β-thalassemia intermedia adults followed for four years (median age 38years), and evaluated the association between longitudinal changes in serum ferritin levels and transient elastography values, a measure of hepatic stiffness predictive of fibrosis. We observed a significant increase in both serum ferritin levels (+81.2 [μg/l]/year) and transient elastography values in non-chelated patients (n=28) (+0.3kPa/year), with two patients worsening their fibrosis stage. Chelated patients (n=14) had a significant decrease in both measures (-42.0 [μg/l]/year and -0.9kPa/year, respectively), with two patients improving their fibrosis stage. There was a strong correlation between the rate of change in serum ferritin level and the rate of change in transient elastography value (R(2): 0.836, p<0.001) noted in both non-chelated and chelated patients. An association between iron overload status and hepatic disease merits further evaluation in this subset of transfusion-independent patients.
Khaled M Musallam; Irene Motta; Marta Salvatori; Mirella Fraquelli; Alessia Marcon; Ali T Taher; Maria Domenica Cappellini
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Blood cells, molecules & diseases     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-0961     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9509932     Medline TA:  Blood Cells Mol Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties, IRCCS Ca' Granda Foundation Maggiore Policlinico Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
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