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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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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
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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 happens when you have hemochromatosis?

Easy Rx: The key is that you got diagnosed, hopefully early. 1 person in 200 will be symptomatic with this. I'm going to assume the diagnosis is correct & it's common hemochromatosis. You'll have a pint of blood drained maybe 2x/week until you feel better / labs turn good. The blahs, thumb pain, lackluster love life, and whatever else will improve. Untreated, it kills you, treated you do great. ...Read more

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What is the impact of hemochromatosis on you?

What is the impact of hemochromatosis on you?

Death if untreated: Thankfully, if it's picked up early, you're spared decades of ill-health and ultimately death from involvement of the heart, liver, and/or endocrine pancreas. Of all the really nasty common diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest to treat, by blood-bank-style donations. ...Read more

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My friend has a hemochromatosis? What is that?

My friend has a hemochromatosis? What is that?

Excess iron: Some people have a hereditary condition leading to excessive iron accumulation in the body. Excess iron is toxic. It is easily treatable. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hemochromatosis/basics/definition/con-20023606 ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having hemochromatosis?

Subtle: Simply feeling unwell. Arthritis worst at the base of the thumb is said to be quite suggestive. Erectile dysfunction in a man. When the symptoms become obvious, the damage is already massive. ...Read more

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What foods are recommended for someone with hemochromatosis?

What you like: If you are monitoring your serum ferritin and getting phlebotomy as needed, go ahead and enjoy that big, juicy, iron-rich steak. If you have one of the rare hemochromatosis variants for which phlebotomy is futile, then you need to get with a specialist dietician. ...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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Is the blood dark in hemochromatosis?

No: The color is normal. Brown blood usually means methemoglobin. ...Read more

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Does stress make hemochromatosis worse?

Does stress make hemochromatosis worse?

Maybe: I see that you have this fairly common illness and I hope that you have having it managed scientifically. Physical and emotional stress are rough on the secondary diabetes that often results from hemochromatosis. If there is stress in your life, I hope it is what Selye called "eu-stress" to help you achieve & learn, and that you'll cope with "dis-tress" proactively. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are hemochromatosis and diabetes linked?

Are hemochromatosis and diabetes linked?

Very much so: Untreated hemochromatosis ("bronze diabetes") will often cause diabetes that will self-cure when the hemochromatosis is treated. ...Read more