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chelating agentsA range of organic compounds that can assimilate and fix metallic ions and thus remove them from the body. They are useful in cases of poisoning and tissue damage from metals. Examples are desferrioxamine (Desferal), dimercaprol, penicillamine (Distamine), deferiprone (Ferriprox), and sodiun calcium edetate (Limclair).
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