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what is the impact of hemochromatosis on you?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Death if untreated: Thankfully, if it's picked up early, you're spared decades of ill-health and ultimately death from involvement of the heart, liver, and/or endocrine pancreas. Of all the really nasty common diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest to treat, by blood-bank-style donations.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Fatigue, aches: A person absorbs iron from foods and oral iron supplements because human bodies require iron. If he has plenty of iron, his body won't absorb as much iron, but he will not stop absorbing iron. That means he can get iron overload by taking too high a dose of iron supplements. Iron overload damages the liver, and causes symptoms of fatigue, weakness, joint pains, abdominal pains, etc...
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is a diagnosis for iron overload/hemochromatosis confirmed?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Labs and Bx: Labs that include ferritin and transferrin saturation. All patients being evaluated for hhc should have c282y and h63d mutation analysis. This may help in determine risk for hhc but is not always diagnostic by itself. Lastly a liver biopsy with a iron index or MRI may help to confirm suspected cases.
A 46-year-old member asked:

I have hemochromatosis - can I donate blood?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
No: Unfortunately, the red cross does not allow this blood to be donated even though there is nothing wrong with the blood. However, certain bacteria thrive on iron and that may be the red cross's rational.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I want to know what's the impact of hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Iron overload: Hemochromatosis results in excess iron deposition in many organs and can result in diseases of liver, pancreas, heart, testes, and skin. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Which is the impact of hemochromatosis on the individual, family and society?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: It is one of the commonest genetic disorders but affects mostly middle aged men. There is excessive storage of iron that causes disease of liver, pancreas, heart, testes and skin. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455.

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