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Frequency Of Treatment In Iron Overload
When I will start iron overload treatment for my baby?She have e beta thall and already taken 7 transfusion..?Pls advice...
A Hematologist: will be taking care of your baby for thalassemia and will determine when iron chelation therapy should begin and how often Just yesterday at the American Society of Hematology meeting the results of a successful bone marrow transplantation protocol were reported. Meanwhile, transfusion therapy after harvesting stem cells will protect the baby from the more severe consequences affecting bones by suppressing the bone marrow from the excessive production of red cells that is usually triggered by the anemia. It does appear that your child will be in the first generation to enjoy the possibility of successful transplant. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/836231 ...Read more
If there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?
No: I am answering n0, because I do not know of a medcation that would remedy this problem without the necessity of withdrawing blood to keep the level of iron within an acceptable range. I am sure that consulting your hematologist would give you a better explanation than the one I have given you. Perhaps one of the colleagues on this site could help you more, good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be deadly: Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary. If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely: Contrary to what anybody else might have told you, your hemoglobin level is not your "iron" level. The two numbers are quite different. In fact, in hemochromatosis (a life-threatening but easily treated and very common illness), the hemoglobin is usually normal while total body iron may exceed the upper limit of what's good by 20x or more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Donate your blood..: From hemochromatosis? This genetic disorder causes the body to hog-iron which accumulates over years. Females have natural way to rid of some via monthly menstrual loss, but not so for guys. Beyond minimizing vitamins with iron and iron-rich foods, regularly donating blood (a good deed) is the most effective method of reducing the iron level over time. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Baby most liklely OK: I assume you have hemochomatosis? At 29, you may have been found to have iron overload from routine blood work because you became pregnant and not having symptoms from it. Baby is not likely to be affected in utero. Baby may inherit the iron-overload gene, but most likely won't have any problem with it until later in life, even later for female. Congrats on pregnancy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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