January 1978

Iron-Containing Plasma Cells

Author Affiliations

From the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals Program, Atlanta (Dr Karcioglu); and the Veterans Administration Hospital (Atlanta), Decatur, Ga; and the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta (Dr Hardison).

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(1):97-100. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630250065020

Iron in plasma cells has been described in patients with diseases characterized by iron overload. We observed iron-containing plasma cells in 21 anemic alcoholic patients admitted to the hospital for treatment of complications of alcoholism. The presence of iron-containing plasma cells is suggestive of alcoholism and its complications, and diseases associated with iron overload or inability of RBCs to utilize iron. The mechanism of entry of iron into plasma cells is unknown.

(Arch Intern Med 138:97-100, 1978)