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ISRN Hematology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 496985, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Assessment of Hepatic and Pancreatic Iron Overload in Pediatric Beta-Thalassemic Major Patients by Weighted Gradient Echo Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1Pediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
2Radiodiagnosis Department, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

Received 3 February 2013; Accepted 5 March 2013

Academic Editors: C. Panizo, C. Tecchio, and B. Wachowicz

Copyright © 2013 Doaa Mohammed Youssef et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. MRI has emerged for the noninvasive assessment of iron overload in various tissues. The aim of this paper is to evaluate hepatic and pancreatic iron overload by weighted gradient echo MRI in young beta-thalassemia major patients and to correlate it with glucose disturbance and postsplenectomy status. Subjects and Methods. 50 thalassemic patients, in addition to 15 healthy controls. All patients underwent clinical assessment and laboratory investigations. Out of 50 thalassemic patients, 37 patients were splenectomized. MRI was performed for all subjects. Results. All patients showed significant reduction in the signal intensity of the liver and the pancreas on GRD compared to controls, thalassemic patients who had abnormal glucose tolerance; diabetic and impaired glucose tolerance patients displayed a higher degree of pancreatic and hepatic siderosis and more drop in their signal intensity than those with normal blood sugar level. Splenectomized thalassemic patients had significantly lower signal intensity of the liver and pancreas compared to nonsplenectomized patients. Conclusion. gradient echo MRI is noninvasive highly sensitive method in assessing hepatic and pancreatic iron overload in thalassemic patients, more evident in patients with abnormal glucose tolerance, and is accelerated in thalassemic splenectomized patients.