Author Affiliations

  1. L Tavecchia,
  2. N Masera,
  3. P Russo,
  4. A Ciro,
  5. A Vincenzi,
  6. C Vimercati and
  7. G Masera
  1. Gruppo Operativo di Cura delle Anemie Congenite, OspedaleSan Gerardo, Monza, Italy.


We report the case of a 25-years-old male with beta-thalassemia major who developed acute heart failure, with severe systolic dysfunction, resulting from iron overload. Combined iron chelation with desferrioxamine and deferiprone together with standard cardiological treatment induced prompt and complete restoration of the cardiac function.