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What happens if my body gets more iron than I need?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology

In brief: Iron overload

Normally excessive dietary iron is eliminated in the stool.
If a person has hemochromatosis they absorb an increased amount of iron and it builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells).

In brief: Iron overload

Normally excessive dietary iron is eliminated in the stool.
If a person has hemochromatosis they absorb an increased amount of iron and it builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells).
Dr. Kelty Baker
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