Systemic iron overload associated with Welder's siderosis

Rajesh R. Patel, Eunhee S. Yi, Jay H. Ryu

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Welding involves exposure to fumes, gases, radiation, electricity, noise, and heat. Herein, we describe 2 welders presenting with lung infiltrates and elevated liver enzyme levels. Both of these patients had pulmonary siderosis ("welder's lung") on lung biopsy along with evidence of systemic iron overload. Evaluation for genetic hemochromatosis and other known causes of iron overload was unrevealing. Welding with chronic inhalation of iron particles maybe an under-recognized source of systemic iron overload.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Iron overload
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Welder's lung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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