Iron Pill-Induced Gastritis

ACG Case Rep J. 2013 Oct 8;1(1):13-5. doi: 10.14309/crj.2013.7. eCollection 2013 Oct.


Iron-deficiency anemia is a prevalent condition treated with iron supplementation. Iron pill-induced gastritis is an under-recognized, albeit serious potential complication of iron pill ingestion. This entity must be identified by healthcare providers who prescribe iron. We present a case of a 59-year-old male with iron deficiency anemia on ferrous sulfate tablets who underwent an upper endoscopy, during which a single superficial gastric ulceration in the body was noted. Biopsies revealed heavy iron deposition confirming the ulceration was a consequence of the iron tablets. Iron pill-induced gastritis causes corrosive mucosal injury similar to that caused by chemical burns.

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