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Doctor insights on: Hemochromatosis During Pregnancy

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Skin bronzing since 2 years and it fades greatly during mentruation but returns soon after periods end. Could it be hemochromatosis?

Skin bronzing since 2 years and it fades greatly during mentruation but returns soon after periods end. Could it be hemochromatosis?

No: Females generally do not develop problems with hemochromocytosis until after menopause. Hyperpigmentation can be associated with addison's disease. Go to your regular doc and get checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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. Help

Can a 19-year-old female show signs of hemochromatosis such as skin bronzing? Skin bronzing disappears during the menstrual cycle and returns. 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.
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Could I go into the army with hemochromatosis?

Could I go into the army with hemochromatosis?

No: AR 40-501 Ch 2-e(5) "current or history of metabolic liver disease, including but not limited to hemochromatosis..." No chance of a waiver for that one. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of hemochromatosis?

What are some symptoms of hemochromatosis?

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 more

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Could you explain what is hemochromatosis illness?

Could you explain what is hemochromatosis illness?

Iron overload: This is a genetic tendency to absorb iron too readily through the gut, overloading and damaging the organs. Of all the common, deadly diseases that disable and kill young adults, this is by far the easiest to manage by removing blood and thus iron. Consider yourself fortunate. Secondary hemochromatosis is due to repeated transfusions and is more difficult to care for. Glad you're diagnosed. ...Read more

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Hemochromatosis. How do you get hemochromatosis?

Inherited: Inherited disorder of any one of a number of genes that are involved in iron transport and storage. The vast majority of hemochromatosis is type! A point mutation in the hfe gene, (c282y) on the short arm of chromosome 6. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the impact of hemochromatosis?

Get treated or die: It's as simple as that. Common hereditary hemochromatosis is by far the easiest to manage of all the common, deadly diseases of young people. It announces itself as elevated liver enzymes, impotence, an odd skin color, sore joints at the base of the thumbs, glucose intolerance, or whatever. Accept therapeutic phlebotomy and you'll feel much better. If it's missed or neglected, it's deadly. Period. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis: Genetic metabolic disorder of the utilization of iron and can lead to tissue Fe deposits which can have serious side effects to those organs, especially the liver. ...Read more

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Is hemochromatosis considered dominant or considered recessive?

Is hemochromatosis considered dominant or considered recessive?

Recessive (sort of): The common genetic defect in the hfe gene for phenotypic hemochromatosis is the c282y/c282y homozygous. However other defects other than c282y can lead to hemochromatosis. C282y heterozgyotes with hhc are though to posses another unclassified defect. ...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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Help docs! My friend has a hemochromatosis?

Glad it's diagnosed: Of all the common, dread diseases, this one is the easiest to manage. I'm going to assume this is primary hemochromatosis not secondary to transfusion for some other lifetime illness. Your friend will be treated with regular phlebotomy and will start feeling a lot better in a short time. ...Read more

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How true it is that hemochromatosis is genetic?

How true it is that hemochromatosis is genetic?

Partly true: The disorder is called hereditary hemochromatosis and it is an autosomal recessive disorder. Meaning it is passed from parent to offspring, people can be carriers of the gene, and you have to have 2 copies of the gene to have the disorder: one from the father and one from the mother. Hemochromatosis is an iron overload which can have other causes than hereditary hemochromatosis though. ...Read more

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What's the pathological physiology of hemochromatosis?

What's the pathological physiology of hemochromatosis?

Iron: 400 characters aren't enough; there are websites, books and journal articles. These folks absorb iron too easily through the gut, and it ends up in the liver, heart, and endocrine pancreas where the atoms generate free radicals that do damage. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hemochromatosis could kill patients?

Yes: 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 more

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Is paranoia related to hemochromatosis?

It is possible: Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder which leads to iron overload in the body caused by excess iron absorption from the GI tract. The extra iron is deposited in various organs in the body including the heart, liver, joints, pancreas & thyroid glands. Iron can also be deposited in the brain & can lead to cognitive impairment. Depending on the location, it may cause paranoia. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for hemochromatosis?

How do doctors test for hemochromatosis?

Yes: A good screen for common, easy-to-treat hemochromatosis is the transferrin saturation, the ratio of iron to iron binding capacity in the blood. Liver enzymes will also be drawn. More than 50% in a woman or 60% in a man is suggestive; follow-up may include serum ferritin, a more costly blood test which is much elevated confirms the diagnosis. Liver biopsy for questionable cases. ...Read more

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Is nausea a side effect of hemochromatosis?

No: We think of medications causing side effects while we think of medical conditions causing symptoms. Regardless, nausea isn't high on the list as being a symptom of hemochromatosis. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic. Com/health/hemochromatosis/ds00455/dsection=symptoms for more info. Simple blood test can determine if you have hemochromatosis or not. Your family doc can also evaluate & diagnosis nause. ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for hemochromatosis?

Hematologist: Or general internal medicine. Dr. Robert Gamble 8120 Main St Ste 103 Houma, LA 70360 is a hematologist in your area. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for hemochromatosis?

Are there alternative therapies for hemochromatosis?

Phlebotomy: Unfortunately, the only effective treatment is removing iron by removing units of blood on regular basis. ...Read more

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Does hemochromatosis treatment require a specialist?

Does hemochromatosis treatment require a specialist?

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

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Is it possible that hemochromatosis can cause anemia?

Is it possible that hemochromatosis can cause anemia?

Probably not: Hemochromatosis is caused by the accumulation of excess iron in the body — eventually depositing in the liver, heart and other organs. Anemia is not a typical sign, although a few rare types of anemia (thalassemia, for example) have caused secondary hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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Does iron build up in hemochromatosis impact the lungs?

Does iron build up in hemochromatosis impact the lungs?

No: They are usually spared unless the left ventricle of the heart fails and blood accumulates under pressure in the lungs. ...Read more

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Please doctor, I want to know what are the symptoms of hemochromatosis?

Many: Usually it's picked up as elevated liver enzymes / other labs, but once the hemochromatosis patient is treated by removal of blood / iron, they usually say, "wow! If no longer have the blahs." impotence, arthritis at the thumb base, the gray skin, lots more, all self-heal when it's treated. ...Read more

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Can you still get symptoms of hemochromatosis while breastfeeding at age 44?

Not really: In hemochromatosis, not only excess deposition of iron occurs in liver, pancreas, heart, joints but can also deposit in pitutary gland (gland in the brain), which can cause hormonal imbalance. However, females are usually less affected than male. ...Read more

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What can cause a blood test to show high levels of ferritin, aside from hemochromatosis?

Liver and more: Liver disease, due to alcohol, viral hepatitis; chronic infections, hemolytic anemia, anorexia nervosa, and some drugs can cause elevated serum ferritin. ...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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Is phlebotomy an effective treatment for hemochromatosis after symptoms have been allayed?

Yes: Yes, phlebotomy is the most effective treatment for hemochromatosis, both to control symptoms and prevent complications. ...Read more

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I have hemochromatosis but my iron levels are Ferritin 8 Iron 7 Transferrin 2.1 Transferrin Sat 13?

Being treated?: The goal of management of hemochromatosis is to reduce one's body iron load as reflected in numbers such as these. Hemochromatosis is deadly if untreated, but easier than any other very serious illness to treat effectively. I'm glad the diagnosis was made. ...Read more

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If hemochromatosis is a genetic disease, should other family members be tested? Which ones and when?

If hemochromatosis is a genetic disease, should other family members be tested? Which ones and when?

Yes: Hemochromatosis is the most common of genetic diseases. It can have variable penitrance and manifest briskly or insiduoulsy. It is usually not manifest until the 4th or 5th decade of life and usually in males since women lose blood/iron with menses. A blood test can be done to diagnose and for genetics. Counsel with your pcp, hematologist or geneticist. Great sources on the web. I have it! ...Read more

Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
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Hemochromatosis (Definition)

A medical condition caused by iron accumulation in the body. It can be the result of underlying hereditary disease or be due ...Read more