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Alternative Treatments For Hemochromatosis
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
is hemochromatosis reversible through phlebotomy or must a patient undergo phlebotomy on a regular basis for the rest of his life? Does phlebotomy eventually ease the symptom so that this treatment may stop?
Must I have a liver biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of hemochromatosis before I can begin treatment?
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
Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?
Is there a treatment or a plan of action for a males pituitary gland damaged by hemochromatosis? My fsh, lh, and testosterone are too low.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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