Results from a Phase I Clinical Trial of HBED
The experience of the past dozen years clearly indicates that iron plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of a wide variety of disease states apart from hemochromatosis. 1 In cases of rheumatoid arthritis and reperfusion injury, iron catalyzes the formation of free radicals which destroy membranes and thereby lead to tissue damage. Sequestration of this iron would obviate much of this damage. In lymphopro-liferative disorders and parasitic diseases such as malaria, iron serves as an essential nutrient for dividing cells. Withholding iron would inhibit cell division and hence slow the progression of such diseases. While unlikely to affect cures, chelation of iron would undoubtedly be of benefit as adjunctive therapy in these and related disorders.
KeywordsSerum Ferritin Iron Overload Iron Chelator Serum Ferritin Level Chelation Therapy
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