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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
A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy. ...Read more
Iron overload: This is a genetic tendency to absorb iron too readily through the gut, overloading and damaging the organs. Of all the common, deadly diseases that disable and kill young adults, this is by far the easiest to manage by removing blood and thus iron. Consider yourself fortunate. Secondary hemochromatosis is due to repeated transfusions and is more difficult to care for. Glad you're diagnosed. ...Read more
Get treated or die: It's as simple as that. Common hereditary hemochromatosis is by far the easiest to manage of all the common, deadly diseases of young people. It announces itself as elevated liver enzymes, impotence, an odd skin color, sore joints at the base of the thumbs, glucose intolerance, or whatever. Accept therapeutic phlebotomy and you'll feel much better. If it's missed or neglected, it's deadly. Period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Untreated, it's lethal. If it's unrecognized, your elevated liver enzymes may lead to your being accused of being a secret problem drinker. You'll lose your sexuality, develop arthritis, and eventually turn yellow, bloat up, and die over several years. It's not pleasant. If you are diagnosed with hemochromatosis, be aware that it's the easiest of all the killers to keep under control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Glad it's diagnosed: Of all the common, dread diseases, this one is the easiest to manage. I'm going to assume this is primary hemochromatosis not secondary to transfusion for some other lifetime illness. Your friend will be treated with regular phlebotomy and will start feeling a whole lot better in a short time. ...Read more
Too much bodily iron: As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body. This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. Transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be deadly: 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 2 more doctor answers
Partly true: The disorder is called hereditary hemochromatosis and it is an autosomal recessive disorder. Meaning it is passed from parent to offspring, people can be carriers of the gene, and you have to have 2 copies of the gene to have the disorder: one from the father and one from the mother. Hemochromatosis is an iron overload which can have other causes than hereditary hemochromatosis though. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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