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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

Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
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Hemochromatosis (Definition)

Hemochromatosis is 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