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How do doctors test for hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: A good screen for common, easy-to-treat hemochromatosis is the transferrin saturation, the ratio of iron to iron binding capacity in the blood. Liver enzymes will also be drawn. More than 50% in a woman or 60% in a man is suggestive; follow-up may include serum ferritin, a more costly blood test which if much elevated confirms the diagnosis. Liver biopsy for questionable cases.

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Last updated Aug 18, 2012

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