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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 801--803

Fatal iron toxicity in an adult: Clinical profile and review


1 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Pathology, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PGI, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PGI, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Mandar Ramachandra Sane
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh - 160 030
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DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_188_18

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Acute iron toxicity is usually seen in children with accidental ingestion of iron-containing syrups. However, the literature on acute iron toxicity with suicidal intent in adults is scant. We report an instance wherein an adult committed suicide by ingestion of multiple iron tablets. Delay in treatment was there due to misdiagnosis of the intoxicating agent. She developed fulminant hepatic failure with rapid clinical deterioration. Despite aggressive supportive management, the patient succumbed to the toxic doses of iron. Clinical course and postmortem features are discussed with a review of the literature.






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