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Is It Possible That Hemochromatosis Can Go Into Remission
Yes: Hemochromatosis is caused by genetic predisposition to excessive iron storage. It can be treated with removal of iron- usually by recurrent phlebotomy. If you mean spontaneously go into remission, then usually no, it cannot without treatment. In some cases, though, the iron transport/ storage is facilitated by excess alcohol use- in that situation stopping alcohol will improve things. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that hemochromatosis could be missed and a false positive of hep c be diagnosed instead?
Yes: Or they may be present concurrently. Some of the older tests for hepatitis C antibody actually gave false-positives in hemochromatosis patients. Nowadays, any competent physician can make the distinction or can diagnose both if present. Serum ferritin and perhaps a gene study and/or biopsy for hemochromatosis; nucleic acid test in blood for hepatitis C. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No : Phentermine is used as an appetite suppressant. It also has a strong "anti cholinergic" profile. This may lead to a faster heart rate, higher blood pressure, dry mouth, blurred vision, and urine retention. None of these are helpful in the treatment of hemochromatosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hemochromatosis: is it possible to inherit both mutated genes from one parent, or is it always one from each parent?
One per parent: It's exceptional to inherit two alleles at one locus from a single parent, though there's some exceptional cases. Here's a heads-up, though -- hemochromatosis can occur in someone with just one dose if he/she takes in a lot of iron for some reason. Of all the highly lethal common diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest by far to manage. ...Read more
Hemochromatosis: is it possible to be in 30's & post hysterectomy (have left ovary) to have symptoms develop over a 2 yr period? Testing? How is dx?
Hemochromatosis: It is hereditary disease and has nothing to do with your operation and age. It starts in child hood and diagnosed in 50's&60'. The tests are hemoglobin, hematocrit, serum iron, tibc, %saturation, ferritin. Gold standard for diagnosis is liver biopsy with dried tissue iron & deposit in tissue. Mri is also used. Later family screen and counseling done. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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