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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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

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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Being predisposed to hemochromatosis, is it okay to take iron supplements for incredible fatigue possibly due to anemia?

Being predisposed to hemochromatosis, is it okay to take iron supplements for incredible fatigue possibly due to anemia?

Do not guess: Get checked out for anemia first and verify need for iron supplementation before taking any. Do not just guess. Also get thyroid checked out. Make sure to check free T3 (liothyronine) and reverse t3 (liothyronine). Ft3 (liothyronine) should be in upper range and rt3 (liothyronine) in lower range. ...Read more

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Female white age 42. Primary hemochromatosis has caused stage 3cirrhosis. Now a urine test shows a creatintine level of 222.3. Should I be concerned?

Female white age 42. Primary hemochromatosis has caused stage 3cirrhosis. Now a urine test shows a creatintine level of 222.3. Should I be concerned?

Yes: The units are micromoles / liter, right? I'm really sorry that your hemochromatosis led to cirrhosis but the phlebotomy treatments you are receiving should at least partly reverse it. Your physician will work you up for the cause of what may be mild renal insufficiency. Some people like yourself get an IgA nephropathy secondary to liver disease; there are other possibilities. ...Read more

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Is it true hemochromatosis causes adults to grow taller (study found)? Could it make a 37 YO suddenly restart growing again after 12+ yrs of no change

Lying docs?: I relayed the information on hematochromatosis causing adults to change in height based on an article which I provided you, which quoted The New England Journal of Medicine. Another medical newspaper reported the same thing. So does this page: http://celticcurse.org/hemochromatosis-tall-tales-and-the-hfe-gene/ I cannot find the article in the journal yet, but will look. I did not make this up. ...Read more

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What causes the fatigue and aching with hemochromatosis?

What  causes the  fatigue  and aching with hemochromatosis?

Liver, synovium: The liver dysfunction is probably behind the fatigue. The iron in the synovium of the joints causes the curious aches. Thankfully, hemochromatosis is the most treatable of all the great killers, and most people with it now lead normal lives. ...Read more

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Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Possibly indirectly: The principle treatment for iron overload due to hereditary hemochromatosis is phlebotomy--removing blood/red blood cells. Other important nutrients such as B12 and folic acid are also removed. Many hematologists recommend supplementing vitamins B12, B6 & folic acid to help support the blood when a patient is receiving regular phlebotomy. A daily multivitamin/mineral is a good place to start. ...Read more

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