The diagnostic value of bone marrow iron

Wulfhekel, U.; Düllmann, J.

Folia Haematologica 117(3): 419-434


ISSN/ISBN: 0323-4347
PMID: 1703112
Document Number: 366455
The light and electronmicroscopic representation of non-haemiron in the bone-marrow provides the unique opportunity of extensively evaluating the iron metabolism. In the bone-marrow, macrophages represent the physiological place of iron storage. The iron in the cytoplasma is stored in them in the form of free ferritin molecules and lysomally as aggregated ferritin and/or haemosiderin in siderosomes. In an equal iron balance and unimpaired internal iron exchange only erythroblasts (sideroblasts) and erythrocytes (siderocytes) of the bone-marrow besides macrophages possess siderosomes. In addition to this physiological or orthotopic iron storage a heterotopic iron storage can be observed under pathological conditions, particularly with iron overloading of the organism, in the endothelial cells of sinusoids and plasma cells. In detail, the patterns of iron storage in the bone-marrow are described in the different stages of iron deficiency, disturbance of iron utilization in chronically inflammatory processes or tumour diseases, condition after intravenous iron administration, transfusion siderosis, hereditary haemochromatosis and sideroblastic anaemia.

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