CLINICAL PRESENTATION OF HEMOCHROMATOSIS

History and Physical Examination Patients with hereditary hemochromatosis may be asymptomatic or may present with general and organ-related signs and symptoms. Symptoms from hemochromatosis usually begin between age 30 years and age 50 years, but they may occur much earlier in life. Most patients are asymptomatic (75%) and are diagnosed when elevated serum iron levels […]

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WHAT IS HEPCIDIN?

Hemochromatosis was for many years thought to be a rare genetic disorder. But today we know that it results from the inheritance of an abnormal recessive gene from each parent. One in every 150 to 250 white people is affected, research shows. It’s less common among blacks and practically nonexistent among Asians. The disease rarely […]

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HEMOCHROMATOSIS IN ITALY

As caregiver to my husbands mother (1999-2004) with Alzheimer’s Dementia I was at the beginning of my journey with iron overload. I guess you could say I was pretty self absorbed with my own health especially since I had also been diagnosed with breast cancer (stage 0- non invasive). When my mother in law in […]

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HEMOCHROMATOSIS (from Medline)

Hemochromatosis is a condition in which there is too much iron in the body. It is also called iron overload. Causes Hemochromatosis may be a genetic disorder passed down through families. β€’ People with this type absorb too much iron through their digestive tract. Iron builds up in the body. The liver, heart, and pancreas […]

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WHAT IS HEREDITARY HEMOCHROMATOSIS?

Hereditary hemochromatosis is a disorder that causes the body to absorb too much iron from the diet. The excess iron is stored in the body’s tissues and organs, particularly the skin, heart, liver, pancreas, and joints. Because humans cannot increase the excretion of iron, excess iron can overload and eventually damage tissues and organs. For […]

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