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My iron serum is 222(h), iron sat-59(h), tibc-374, uibc-152.Hereditary hemochromatosis-negative.Need for further treatment?Pcp &gastronologist say no.

My iron serum is 222(h), iron sat-59(h), tibc-374, uibc-152.Hereditary hemochromatosis-negative.Need for further treatment?Pcp &gastronologist say no.

Watch it: There are a variety of iron-overload syndromes (the gene that was tested is only the most common of many), and if you'd recently taken an iron tablet this may have something to do with the high iron. I very much doubt that you have hemochromatosis but you can revisit this in a few years without any risk to your health, or consider a serum ferritin now. ...Read more

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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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I told my family members that I had hereditary hemochromatosis and what tests to have done, but they won't listen to me; they say that their own doctors tell them "not to worry". I am worried; what can I do?

I told my family members that I had hereditary hemochromatosis and what tests to have done, but they won't listen to me; they say that their own doctors tell them "not to worry". I am worried; what can I do?

Lay out your labs: Sometimes what you say doesn't seem strong enough evidence to someone unlike visual proofs. You may want to show them your bloodwork and even genetic testing results to give them a wake up call. Finally, you can only suggest, you cannot change them if they are not willing to. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis. I have had 8 phlebotomies and my iron level is still raising. Why?

Glad you are treated: Serum iron means nothing in this setting. If ferritin is still rising, it may be as an acute phase reactant as it fluctuates. Get a consult if you have any doubt about your diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is iron overload/hereditary hemochromatosis "curable"?

Is iron overload/hereditary hemochromatosis "curable"?

Yes: Yes as long as the iron is removed before irreversible damage like cirrhosis or diabetes has occurred. Phlebotomy is the best way to remove the iron. ...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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Why doesn't anyone know anything about hereditary hemochromatosis (hh) if it is so common? I feel all alone.

Under-recognized: Actually around 1 person in 200 has it, but it often gets missed -- I've seen it enough at autopsy as a "surprise". If you're diagnosed, be thankful that of all the common, lethal disease it is by far the easiest to manage. There's no glamor, ribbon parades, or sad advertisements simply becuase it's so readily manageable with phlebotomy. ...Read more

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What is a hereditary hemochromatosis DNA mutation?

What is a hereditary hemochromatosis DNA mutation?

Gene Mutation: This is a mutation in one of the genes that help to process iron absorption. The mutation, if present in 2 copies, can cause too much iron to be absorbed. The excess iron then deposits in other organs and can cause disease - cirrhosis, diabetes, impotence. Having only one mutation may not lead to disease. You should discuss this with your doctor to see if you are at risk of developing disease. ...Read more

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After phlebotomies for hereditary hemochromatosis ferritin is 3, sat is 14%, but iron 40 - is this id anemia?

Iron : Hereditary hemochromatosis is a condition where inherited mutation on the gene/s that regulates iron metabolism- this makes your body accumulates too much iron and as the result iron associated organ failure can develop . Therapy is phlebotomy to keep your ferritin around 20. I don't think we need to keep the iron to the level that you have. Discuss with your hematologist in detail. ...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