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A 35-year-old member asked:

what are some of the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
That's moot: Hemochromatosis is able to produce a huge number of different symptoms -- everything that diabetes or liver failure can do, as well as gray-bronzing of the skin or heart rhythm troubles. Pain in the joint at the base of the thumb is famous. It's easily diagnosed on follow-up on the yearly chemistry profile that you get, or a serum ferritin. Talk with your doctor and get checked; it's common.
Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Depends on age and gender, also which organ is affected...There is a large spectrum. This is inherited so speak to your kids and family to get tested.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Varies: Many times, it is only presented with high iron saturation and or iron storage without having any symptoms. However, the clinical manifestations of iron accumulation can include liver disease, elevation of liver enzymes, skin pigmentation, diabetes mellitus, arthropathy, impotence in males, and cardiac enlargement with or without heart failure or conduction defects etc.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Subtle: Simply feeling unwell. Arthritis worst at the base of the thumb is said to be quite suggestive. Erectile dysfunction in a man. When the symptoms become obvious, the damage is already massive.
Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
It depends: Not everyone with the gene (you need 2 defective copies) will develop symptoms. Women take more years to develop them than men, because of pregnancies and menstrual cycles that naturally deplete their iron stores. You may need to discuss this with a physician, but florid presentations include diabetes, joint pains, skin discoloration, impotence, liver problems and increased risk of liver cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Subtle: Simply feeling unwell. Arthritis worst at the base of the thumb is said to be quite suggestive. Erectile dysfunction in a man. When the symptoms become obvious, the damage is already massive.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why doesn't anyone know anything about hereditary hemochromatosis (hh) if it is so common? I feel all alone.

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Hemachromatosis: Quite a bit is known about the disease, but those who have it often do not find out about the disease or that they have the disease until they have some damage. It is also a disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled for most people though monitoring with tests, and blood (iron) removal.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is hemochromatosis considered dominant or considered recessive?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Recessive (sort of): The common genetic defect in the hfe gene for phenotypic hemochromatosis is the c282y/c282y homozygous. However other defects other than c282y can lead to hemochromatosis. C282y heterozgyotes with hhc are though to posses another unclassified defect.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Excellent answer. If you have a single dose and really overdo your iron intake, you can get sick.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that hemochromatosis could kill patients?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary. If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Why do people develop hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
It's in the genes: In hereditary (= inherited from parents) hemochromatosis, too much iron is absorbed by the gut & deposits in tissues. Liver, heart, other damage can result. It is autosomal recessive: both parents must carry the gene & not all offspring will be affected. Secondary (= due to other causes) hemochromatosis can occur with certain types of hemolytic anemia (red blood cells bursting, releasing iron).
A 40-year-old member asked:

Please doctor, i want to know what are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Many: Usually it's picked up as elevated liver enzymes / other labs, but once the hemochromatosis patient is treated by removal of blood / iron, they usually say, "wow! i no longer have the blahs." impotence, arthritis at the thumb base, the gray skin, lots more, all self-heal when it's treated.

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