The trade name for desferrioxamine, an iron chelator. Children with hereditary diseases that cause red blood cells to die at an accelerated pace receive frequent blood transfusions. Eventually their systems become overloaded with iron, and this can damage both heart and liver. Such children are often fitted with an intravenous Desferal pump. This infuses them with the chelator, which leaches the excess iron out of their bodies. See Cooley anemia, thalassemia.
Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.