The effect of deferasirox on endocrine complications in children with thalassemia

Bilgin B. K. , Yozgat A. K. , Isik P., Çulha V., Kacar D., Kara A., ...More

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, vol.37, no.6, pp.455-464, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08880018.2020.1734124
  • Title of Journal : Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Page Numbers: pp.455-464
  • Keywords: Deferasirox, endocrine complications, thalassemia


© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.Endocrine system dysfunctions are the significant complications of excessive iron overload in beta thalassemia patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term effect of chelation with deferasirox on endocrine complications. The study group consisted of children with beta thalassemia who had been evaluated for the growth and pubertal development, bone metabolism, thyroid/parathyroid functions, glucose metabolism dysfunctions in the department of pediatric hematology of Ankara Dışkapı Child Health and Diseases Hematology Oncology Training And Research Hospital between 2009-2011 and reevaluated after deferasirox chelation therapy in 2018. Thirty-one transfusion dependent beta-thalassemia patients were enrolled for the study. Seventeen (54.8%) patients were male and the mean age was 16.9 ± 3.8 (9-23) years. Splenectomy was performed in 11 patients (35.5%). In the initial evaluation, 26 patients (84%) received deferoxamine and/or deferiprone and five (17%) patients received deferasirox as a chelator; in the final evaluation all patients were receiving deferasirox. The mean duration of deferasirox treatment was 5.9 ± 2.02 years (1-10 years). Of the 26 patients who had endocrine complications between 2009-2011, 18 were recovered. In the final evaluation, eight patients (25%) developed new endocrinopathies. The frequency of endocrine complications seen before the deferasirox treatment (83%) was higher than the frequency of complications while receiving deferasirox treatment (25.8%) (p < 0,05). In this study, it was determined that both existing endocrine abnormalities were reduced and recent developed problems were less likely with long-term deferasirox treatment in thalassemia patients.