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Hemochromatosis Liver Disease
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?
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
My mum has non alcoholic fatty liver disease & just been diagnosis with type2 diabetes - her ferritin has been very high - could hemochromatosis be cause?
May need liverbiopsy: Although blood testing (measurement of iron studies and hfe assay) combined with family history can be very suggestive, a liver biopsy with iron staining clinches a diagnosis of hemochromatosis and distinguishes it from other iron overload diseases. Ferritin by the way can also be reactive or a secondary phenomenon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
Multiple symptoms: Liver disease has a multitude of symptoms. In the early phases it can be nonspecific like tiredness, lack of appetite ; energy, distaste for cigarettes, yellowish discolouration of eyes ; urine. With increasing loss of liver function, 1) fluid retention (belly/ankle swelling, 2) mental changes(confusion), 3) bleeding from the mouth or rectum, on in the skin. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be: There are many varieties of "liver disease." hepatitis c can cause eventual cirrhosis. Alcohol excess can cause cirrhosis. Some liver disease caused by hepatitis a or b or from some medications can fully resolve with no further problems. Fatty liver damage can rarely progress to a serious problem. So it depends. Your doctor would know best what a person's future risks may be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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