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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Hemochromatosis

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Does hemochromatosis treatment require a specialist?

Does hemochromatosis treatment require a specialist?

I don't think so: It's my humble opinion that any family physician can diagnose and treat common hemochromatosis if someone body can be found to do the blood-bag phlebotomy. A hard-core gastroenterologist, cardiologist, or endocrinologist might disagree especially if the diseases has been missed for a long time and allowed to become advanced. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis (Definition)

A medical condition caused by iron accumulation in the body. It can be the result of underlying hereditary disease or be due ...Read more


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Is it true that phlebotomy is the recommended or effective treatment for hemochromatosis?

Is it true that phlebotomy is the recommended or effective treatment for hemochromatosis?

In some cases.: Phlebotomy is the first-line treatment for primary hemochromatosis, a genetic defect that makes a person absorb too much iron(hereditary hemochromatosis). It can prolong life expectancy, prevent complications, and relieve some but not all symptoms. Secondary hemochromatosis, which results from repeated blood transfusions, some anemias, or excessive iron therapy, is usually treated w/ iron chelators. ...Read more

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What is hemochromatosis & what is the symptom's and treatment - we understand it is heredity, however no one in family effected no more to give

Deadly to miss: Hemochromatosis is a genetic tendency to absorb iron overly well through the gut. This has its plusses but in the long run, in the absence of bleeding or iron loss from periods / pregnancies, too much iron accumulates. The liver failure, diabetes, joint pain at thumb base, dark skin are familiar; it's the easiest really bad disease to treat (drain blood) & folks feel much better. ...Read more

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Must I have a liver biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of hemochromatosis before I can begin treatment?

Must I have a liver biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of hemochromatosis before I can begin treatment?

I say no: I think I'm in the majority. If it's obvious that you have the disease (very high ferritin and symptoms / imaging findings, and/or mutant HFE gene), I think most physicians will treat you. ...Read more

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My iron serum is 222(h), iron sat-59(h), tibc-374, uibc-152.Hereditary hemochromatosis-negative.Need for further treatment?Pcp &gastronologist say no.

Watch it: There are a variety of iron-overload syndromes (the gene that was tested is only the most common of many), and if you'd recently taken an iron tablet this may have something to do with the high iron. I very much doubt that you have hemochromatosis but you can revisit this in a few years without any risk to your health, or consider a serum ferritin now. ...Read more

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Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?

Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?

Blood letting: The treatment is relatively simple. Periodically, some of your blood is drained out to remove iron along with your red cells. Done regularly it would prevent excess iron accumulation and the usual damage excess iron causes. ...Read more

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Help docs, is gene therapy available with hemochromatosis?

No: Do not expect it any time soon. Neglected hemochromatosis will kill you miserably, but it is extremely easy to manage. You may even come to enjoy the phlebotomy treatment. It is saving your life. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease and haemochromatosis. 36 years old, just started treatment for haemochromatosis. Why so early? Crohns is under control-no meds

Hemochromatosis: The goal of treatment for hemachromatosis is to prevent iron build up in your tissues and organs. Initial treatment, usually by blood donation, will be to try to get rid of the already increased iron stores in your system. Once that is depleted, then future treatment will be to try to prevent recurrent future build up. It is important to continue this for your entire lifetime. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treatment for hematomacrosis?

Treatment for hematomacrosis?

Phlebotomy: Typical blood donor can give their donation, typically of 500cc of blood, about once every 8wks. A pt with new diagnosis of severe hemachomatosis may need to donate that much blood 2x/week for a while till the iron level gets down some. Then they can keep measure of the iron level, or ferritin, the nl reference is 50-150ng/ml, and a blood donation schedule is flexible to maintain. ...Read more

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Iron serum high (180) yet ferritin levels low (113). Suffering symptoms akin to haemochromatosis. Can treatment (phlebotomy) be justified?

Iron serum high (180) yet ferritin levels low (113). Suffering symptoms akin to haemochromatosis.  Can treatment (phlebotomy) be justified?

Not necessarily: Serum iron levels are not a good test to make treatment decisions as it is very variable and do not reflect inappropriate iron deposition. Ferritin level is the standard. If there is a concern for hemachromatosis genetic test is available. If indicated, liver biopsy with iron studies can be considered. ...Read more

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Have hereditary haemochromatosis,homozygous c282y. Dr suggested no treatment but have been approached to undergo a apheresis medical trial Thoughts?

Depends: In hemochromatosis, "no treatment" actually means "Not now, but we'll monitor you." The decision to treat is based on iron load, not the gene just being present. You seem smart and well-advised and if your total body iron burden does get high on you, treating it is simple. ...Read more

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My mother has been recently diagnosed with hematomacrosis after being misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. Is it necessary for chemotherapy treatment?

Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is a hereditary condition that involves accumulations of excess iron in the body. Treatment usually includes blood letting (phlebotomy) to reduce the excess iron stores in the body and prevent problems caused by excess iron accumulation. ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for hemochromatosis?

Are there alternative therapies for hemochromatosis?

Phlebotomy: Unfortunately, the only effective treatment is removing iron by removing units of blood on regular basis. ...Read more

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Why do people develop hemochromatosis?

Why do people develop hemochromatosis?

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). ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend has a hemochromatosis?

Blood letting: Hemochromatosis can be easily managed by periodic removal of blood to drain the body of excess iron. This is about the only disease where the old practice of blood letting actually works. ...Read more

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

Homework question: An individual with hemochromatosis dies in middle age unless diagnosed and treated. Treatment is extremely easy compared with the other common killers and leads to a healthy life. Sufferers are often accused of being alcoholics in denial if their physicians are unaware of hemochromatosis. I hope you can flesh this out for class. Noncompliance and ignorance kill. ...Read more

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What is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

Too much bodily iron: As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body. This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. Transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic. ...Read more

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