An Epidemiological Study to Assess Iron Overload Using MRI in Patients With Transfusional Siderosis


In this study, non-invasive R2- and T2*-MRI techniques will be applied to the liver and the heart, respectively, to complement the primary variable (serum ferritin) assessed in patients with various transfusion-dependent anaemias. The main objective of this study is to assess the prevalence and severity of cardiac and liver siderosis in patients with transfusional siderosis. This study will also aim to establish possible correlations between cardiac and liver iron levels with clinical effects in patients with different transfusion-dependent anaemias. Patients will be eligible for enrollment irrespective of receiving chelation therapy or not (and irrespective of the chelating agent used).


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