Iron Poisoning (cont.)
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Iron Poisoning in Children Diagnosis
A doctor diagnoses iron poisoning by observing the child. A normal physical exam and no symptoms for 6 hours indicates that the child experienced either little poisoning or did not eat any iron-containing substances.
If you can, tell the doctor the type of iron supplement and the number of tablets swallowed.
The doctor order blood tests for the child to determine these levels:
The doctor may perform an X-ray of the child's abdomen to confirm there are iron pills in the gastrointestinal tract, although sometimes they are there and not seen.
Laboratory and imaging tests are not usually sensitive enough to detect poisoning. Some tests are also too slow to affect the diagnosis and management of iron poisoning.
Douglas S Lee, MD
Ruben Olmedo, MD