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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 208-211
Use of iron sucrose in dialysis patients sensitive to iron dextran

1 Nephrology Division, King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan
2 Clinical Pharmacy Department, King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan
3 Princess Muna College of Nursing, Muta'a University, Amman, Jordan

Correspondence Address:
Ayham Haddad
Nephrology Division, King Hussein Medical Center, P.O. Box 3808, Amman 1953
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 19237805

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This study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of iron sucrose in hemodialysis (HD) patients with documented hypersensitivity reactions to iron dextran. Of 205 HD patients who received low molecular weight iron dextran, 15 (7.3%) patients developed documented hypersensitivity reactions. The patients were treated with iron sucrose (100 mg administered as an intravenous push over 5-10 minutes once a week) for 8 weeks. Complete blood count, serum iron, serum ferritin, and parathyroid hormone were measured at the beginning and at the end of the study (except parathyroid hormone). All patients received subcutaneous erythropoietin at a constant dose of 5000 IU twice weekly unless a change was required. All the patients completed the study period and none of them developed hypersensitivity reactions to iron sucrose. The mean hematocrit increased from 23.8% to 32.27% (p < 0.0001), the mean serum ferritin from 185 ng/mL to 599 ng/mL (p < 0.0001), and the mean serum iron from 29.3 ng/dL to 76.8 ng/dL (p = 0.01). We conclude that iron sucrose is safe and effective in HD patients with documented hypersensitivity reactions to low molecular weight iron dextran.

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