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July 1971

Emergency Semiquantitative Estimation of Plasma Iron Concentration: Diagnosis of Acute Iron Poisoning

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn
From the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Univeristy of Minnesota (Dr. Cooper) and the Department of Clinical Pathology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester (Dr. Fairbanks and Mrs. Ekblad).

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110010055006

We have developed a simple semi-quantitative method for the emergency estimation of plasma iron concentration. The test requires not more than ten minutes and permits identification of patients whose serum iron concentrations indicate serious iron poisoning. The method also permits prompt testing of gastric aspirates to confirm suspected iron ingestion. The reagents appear to be stable during prolonged periods.

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