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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 259-261

Cataract secondary to iatrogenic iron overload in a severely anemic patient


Department of Ophthalmology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Medical School, Meşelik Kampüsü, Odunpazarı, Eskişehir, Turkey

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Dr. Eray Atalay
Department of Ophthalmology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Medical School, Meşelik Kampüsü, Odunpazarı, Eskişehir
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2872_20

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High levels of iron may be toxic and cause various pathologies in the human body, including the eye. Studies have shown increased iron concentration in certain subtypes of senile cataracts. High serum levels of its non-reactive depot form, ferritin, has also been associated with juvenile cataracts in hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome. Whereas this form of hyperferritinemia is inherited, there is no report on cataract formation in iatrogenic hyperferritinemia. Herein, we report a 43-year-old case who was diagnosed with bilateral cataracts a few years after she received intensive intravenous iron replacement therapy for severe iron deficiency anemia.


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