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What is the difference between hemosiderosis and hemochromatosis?

What is the difference between hemosiderosis and hemochromatosis?

Hemochrom is Genetic: Primary hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes too much iron in tissues. It can be treated by removing a little blood every week or so. Hemosiderosis is not genetic. Can be caused by alcoholism or having many blood transfusions leading to excess iron in your cells. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between hemosiderosis and hemochromatosis?

Iron overload: Both are forms of iron overload disorders with different etiologies and pathophysiology. Hereditary hemochromatosis is caused by a gene mutation and involves deposition of hemosiderin (storage form of iron) in the organs of the body, such as the heart, liver, pancreas, and skin. The two types of hemosiderosis are idiopathic pulmonary and transfusion-related. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hemosiderosis and hemochromotosis?

What's the difference between hemosiderosis and hemochromotosis?

They may or may not: Be the same thing. Hemochroamtosis is a disease associated with abnormal gut uptake of dietary iron. Over years this leads to total body iron overload. Iron overload from other causes is imprecisely called hemochromatosis, when actually hemosiderosis is the better term. For example, excess iron burden from multiple blood transfusions should be called transfusional hemosiserosis. ...Read more

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If a person eats meat every day, about 8-10 oz of steak, but takes no iron supplements, could he end up with hemosiderosis or hemochromatosis?

Too much meat : I would be more concerned about your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your risk of gout and kidney damage. You should have lab tests to monitor your levels. ...Read more

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What is the difference between haemochromatosis & haemosiderosis?

What is the difference between haemochromatosis & haemosiderosis?

Good question: Hemochromatosis is increased total body iron sufficient to make you sick, or the strong genetic potential to get it if you follow a normal lifestyle. Hemosiderosis is increased iron pigment, locally or systemically, with or without symptoms, for any reason whatever. For example, if I have a nail in my tissues for a few years, the surrounding area will be hemosiderotic. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get hemochromatosis?

It's relatively rare: Hemochromatosis is a disorder where a person has too much iron in the blood. This can cause significant problems as iron will deposit in areas like the hear and liver. While it is typically rare, it can be seen if someone takes too much iron supplement. Generally, men should not take iron if they are otherwise healthy. Women, on the other hand, are usually ok provided they are still mentruati. ...Read more

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How can the body change when you have hemochromatosis?

Variable signs and: Symptoms. Bronze skin coloration may be the only outward sign. Other changes depend on the organs affected, e.g., liver, heart, pancreas and endocrine organs. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455. ...Read more

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 is there a special diet I should eat or foods I should avoid for hemochromatosis?

 is there a special diet I should eat or foods I should avoid for hemochromatosis?

Certainly: Red meats are known for iron content in them, so avoid those, avoid foods high in vitamin c, as it increases iron absorption. Foods high in sugar should be avoided, as it increases iron absorption. Avoid raw shellfish.Alcohol in moderation, better off - none. Should eat - nuts, veggies, grains, rice, beans. Coffee and tea are fine if not consumed in excessive amounts. ...Read more

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Can hemochromatosis kill you?

Yes: Untreated, it's lethal. If it's unrecognized, your elevated liver enzymes may lead to your being accused of being a secret problem drinker. You'll lose your sexuality, develop arthritis, and eventually turn yellow, bloat up, and die over several years. It's not pleasant. If you are diagnosed with hemochromatosis, be aware that it's the easiest of all the killers to keep under control. ...Read more

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