What is Hemochromatosis?
Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder in which the body absorbs too much iron from food. Usually, excess iron that the body doesn't need is excreted. But in hemochromatosis, the excess iron is stored in the body. Some of the places it is stored are: the pancreas, liver, and skin. The excess iron damages these organs and tissues.
Hemochromatosis is also called hereditary hemochromatosis.
What are the Symptoms of Hemochromatosis?
Long Term Affects of Hemochromatosis
How is Hemochromatosis diagnosed?
Hemochromatosis is diagnosed through blood tests that measure iron levels. If your doctor thinks liver damage has occurred, a liver biopsy can be done to check for the amount of iron in the liver and for liver damage.
How is Hemochromatosis Treated?
One of the treatment options for hemochromatosis is to remove excess iron from the body. Iron can be removed from the body by drawing blood. The blood will be drawn periodically for the rest of the person's life.
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