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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
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Are you compliant?: If you are getting phlebotomy and keeping your ferritin where it should be, your risk is low. If not, and you're iron-overloaded, you are setting yourself up for cancer. I can't give you the percentage odds and neither can anyone else even if they are very familiar with you. But they're high enough to want to avoid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Must I have a liver biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of hemochromatosis before I can begin treatment?
Discrete coarsened increased echogenicity of the liver with history of hemochromatosis meaning on ultrasound?
Hemochromatosis is always hereditary or congenital? I have cirrhosis in the liver and moderate iron accumulation, which one caused the other one?
Need more info: How was diagnosis made? ferritin >200 with % iron bound >50%? unfortunately, the liver bx is unreliable for determining amount of iron accumulation, as one are may be normal and another area may be very high. Were you found homozygous for specific predisposing genes? If not homozygous, it is not likely genetic. Have they started therapy? Look up N-acetyl cysteine in Wikipedia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ferritin high 425 ug/l but iron & UIBC normal - has fatty liver disease - could this be hemochromatosis or is it the inflammation from liver disease?
High sugar 6.9 at gtt bloodsindicate high iron in liver no hepatitis or haemachromatosis u/s shows enlarged fatty liver. Should i be concerned?
I have 2 alcoholic family members who have liver cirrhosis.. concerned about haemochromatosis. But cbc, lft, CT scan,mrcp normal. GI dr said not worry?
You don't have it: If all of those tests are normal, and hopefully including a normal iron panel, then you don't have hemochromatosis. The only other concern would be if you knew that your relatives had the genetic mutation for hereditary hemochromatosis. Doesn't sound like it though. Their alcoholism was probably the cause. ONLY get the genetic test IF they are positive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer