A Review on Iron Chelators in Treatment of Iron Overload Syndromes

  • Naser Mobarra Metabolic Disorders Research Center, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
  • Mehrnoosh Shanaki Department of Laboratory Medicine, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Hassan Ehteram Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
  • Hajar Nasiri Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mehdi Sahmani Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
  • Mohsen Saeidi Stem Cell Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
  • Mehdi Goudarzi Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Hoda Pourkarim Department of Hematology, Allied Medical School, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mehdi Azad Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Allied Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
Chelators, Iron overload, Treatment


Iron chelation therapy is used to reduce iron overload development due to its deposition in various organs such as liver and heart after regular transfusion. In this review, different iron chelators implicated in treatment of iron overload in various clinical conditions have been evaluated using more up-to-date studies focusing on these therapeutic agents. Deferoxamine, Deferiprone and Deferasirox are the most important specific US FDA-approved iron chelators. Each of these chelators has their own advantages and disadvantages, various target diseases, levels of deposited iron and clinical symptoms of the afflicted patients which may affect their selection as the best modality. Taken together, in many clinical disorders, choosing a standard chelator does not have an accurate index which requires further clarifications. The aim of this review is to introduce and compare the different iron chelators regarding their advantages and disadvantages, usage dose and specific applications.


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How to Cite
Mobarra N, Shanaki M, Ehteram H, Nasiri H, Sahmani M, Saeidi M, Goudarzi M, Pourkarim H, Azad M. A Review on Iron Chelators in Treatment of Iron Overload Syndromes. Int J Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Res. 10(4):239-247.