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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
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Hemochromatosis (Overview)

A medical condition caused by iron accumulation in the body. It can be the result of underlying hereditary disease or be due to chronic blood transfusions.


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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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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
320 Doctors shared insights

Hemochromatosis (Overview)

A medical condition caused by iron accumulation in the body. It can be the result of underlying hereditary disease or be due to chronic blood transfusions.


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Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Yes: Patients with hemachromatosis do not always have elevated liver enzymes. It is possible to have bronzing of the skin without elevated liver enzymes. All of these manifestations would be uncommon at 19 years old as end organ damage generally takes decades. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

What are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

Varies: Many times, it is only presented with high iron saturation and or iron storage without having any symptoms. However, the clinical manifestations of iron accumulation can include liver disease, elevation of liver enzymes, skin pigmentation, diabetes mellitus, arthropathy, impotence in males, and cardiac enlargement with or without heart failure or conduction defects etc. ...Read more

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Can a 19 year old female show signs of hemochromatosis such as skin bronzing? Skin bronzing disappears during the menstrual cycle and returns back. Help

Can a 19 year old female show signs of hemochromatosis such as skin bronzing? Skin bronzing disappears during the menstrual cycle and returns back. Help

No.: The amount of blood lost in a normal period cannot by any means reoved the hemosiderin deposits in your skin. You are also too young for this to be a factor, in that you are female. Look elswhere for the answer! ...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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Transferrin saturation test was done without fasting and in the afternoon. Will it help to diagnose hemochromatosis? I was told fasting was not needed

Transferrin saturation test was done without fasting and in the afternoon. Will it help to diagnose hemochromatosis? I was told fasting was not needed

Correct: It's a pretty good screen for hemochromatosis, but if you're really worried -- you have elevated liver enzymes, or a family history, or imaging findings -- get a serum ferritin and/or a HFE gene study in addition. ...Read more

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How exactly do you test for hemochromatosis?

Varous blood work: Helpful., such as serum transferrin, transferin saturation, liver enzyme testing, ferritin level. Other options include, liver biopsy and imaging. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if you have hemochromatosis diabetes or bronze diabetes/is there an online quiz you can take?

Can you tell me how to know if you have hemochromatosis diabetes or bronze diabetes/is there an online quiz you can take?

Real testing: Forget "online quizzes". This is the 21st century, and anything less than a real workup by your physician would be playing games with a life-and-death matter. If you have elevated liver enzymes, an elevated serum iron, ferritin, or transferrin saturation, the odd skin color or the arthritis at the base of the thumb, ask a competent physician to work you up ; rx if you have it. ...Read more

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Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Possibly indirectly: The principle treatment for iron overload due to hereditary hemochromatosis is phlebotomy--removing blood/red blood cells. Other important nutrients such as B12 and folic acid are also removed. Many hematologists recommend supplementing vitamins B12, B6 & folic acid to help support the blood when a patient is receiving regular phlebotomy. A daily multivitamin/mineral is a good place to start. ...Read more

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What does genetic inheritance of hemochromatosis mean?

What does genetic inheritance of hemochromatosis mean?

Inherited: Most primary hemochromatosis is passed parent-to-child, especially if each parent supplies one defective gene, though people with a single dose may be affected. If you're not familiar with basic genetics, you need to become familiar with the terminology as it's basic to life and understanding health and disease in the 21st century. ...Read more

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How can you naturally treat hereditary hemochromatosis?

Blood donation: By regularly donating blood, one can lower the iron stores in the body. ...Read more

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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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Can the oral contraceptive pill cause iron overloading? And if so, should it be stopped (my doctor has ruled out hemochromatosis)?

Can the oral contraceptive pill cause iron overloading? And if so, should it be stopped (my doctor has ruled out hemochromatosis)?

Possibly: Women who use oral contraceptives have higher blood iron levels than women who do not. It is thought that this may be due to the decrease in menstrual bleeding that is associated the the pills. However, there is no clear data that this causes iron overload/disease in the liver. ...Read more

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Can someone with genetic hemochromatosis donate blood?

Yes: If you're not symptomatic, there's no reason even to tell them, and in fact it's a great way to keep your body iron burden down. In fact, it's how I manage my one-dose hemochromatosis while helping others. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis: is it possible to inherit both mutated genes from one parent, or is it always one from each parent?

One per parent: It's exceptional to inherit two alleles at one locus from a single parent, though there's some exceptional cases. Here's a heads-up, though -- hemochromatosis can occur in someone with just one dose if he/she takes in a lot of iron for some reason. Of all the highly lethal common diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest by far to manage. ...Read more

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I have hemochromatosis and had my first phlebotomy yesterday. I was to get 300cc out. My blood was so thick it took 1.5hrs to get 200. Why is my blood like that and the risks?

Iron overload: This disease, if advanced, causes increased red blood cells, increased iron, and "thick blood". You may not be well hydrated. Are you on an aspirin? You need to see a hematologist or a GI doctor who deals with this illness & have a good treatment area with experienced phlebotomists. Drink lots of water the day of and be patient. You may have to go every 1-2 weeks for a while & follow closely. ...Read more

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Which dr sees hemochromatosis?

Any: Any competent primary care physician can diagnose and arrange for treatment hemochromatosis. You may get sent to the gastroenterologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist and geneticist. The key is that if this is common hemochromatosis, you have the serious disease out of all of them that's easiest to manage effectively. ...Read more

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Why do people develop hemochromatosis?

Why do people develop hemochromatosis?

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