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Is it possible that hemochromatosis can go into remission?
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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. McGee is correct. Of all the deadly diseases that disable and kill many young and middle-aged people, hemochromatosis is by far the easiest to manage.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: With treatment only
This is the most common of genetic diseases.
It is a state of iron overload due to increased absorption of iron. It is treated with therapeutic phlebotomy and monitoring of ferritin and iron levels and other testing. If one had chronic undiagnosed blood loss, perhaps one would think they were in remission. But, no, not in remission otherwise.

In brief: With treatment only
This is the most common of genetic diseases.
It is a state of iron overload due to increased absorption of iron. It is treated with therapeutic phlebotomy and monitoring of ferritin and iron levels and other testing. If one had chronic undiagnosed blood loss, perhaps one would think they were in remission. But, no, not in remission otherwise.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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