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December 4, 1954

FATAL CASE OF IRON INTOXICATION IN A CHILD

Author Affiliations

Johnson City, N. Y.

JAMA. 1954;156(14):1326-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950140026009a
Abstract

Acute iron intoxication in children has now been sufficiently well documented to have become a readily recognized clinical entity; it seems worth while to report this additional case because the number of recorded cases is still small and because this case presents the unusual features of severe hepatic and renal damage.

REPORT OF A CASE

The patient was a 21-month-old white girl who was admitted to the Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital on June 7, 1953, with a history of having ingested a large (but unknown) number of iron-containing capsules about eight hours previously. (The composition of these capsules is given by the manufacturer as dried ferrous sulfate 0.162 gm., liver concentrate N.F., 0.17 gm., and dried yeast.) Before admission the child had been vomiting and having diarrhea and had gradually lapsed into unconsciousness. On arrival at the hospital, she appeared lethargic and dehydrated. She was in shock; no blood

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