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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
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
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
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
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?
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