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Is it true that phlebotomy is the recommended or effective treatment for hemochromatosis?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: In some cases.

Phlebotomy is the first-line treatment for primary hemochromatosis, a genetic defect that makes a person absorb too much iron(hereditary hemochromatosis).
It can prolong life expectancy, prevent complications, and relieve some but not all symptoms. Secondary hemochromatosis, which results from repeated blood transfusions, some anemias, or excessive iron therapy, is usually treated w/ iron chelators.

In brief: In some cases.

Phlebotomy is the first-line treatment for primary hemochromatosis, a genetic defect that makes a person absorb too much iron(hereditary hemochromatosis).
It can prolong life expectancy, prevent complications, and relieve some but not all symptoms. Secondary hemochromatosis, which results from repeated blood transfusions, some anemias, or excessive iron therapy, is usually treated w/ iron chelators.
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Of all the common, deadly hereditary diseases, the efficacy of phlebotomy has made hemochromatosis by far the easiest to manage.

In brief: Yes

Of all the common, deadly hereditary diseases, the efficacy of phlebotomy has made hemochromatosis by far the easiest to manage.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, phlebotomy is the treatment for hereditary hemochromatosis to reduce iron level from the body.
Many, many decades ago, leeches were used to remove " poison in the blood". For other causes of iron overload /hemosiderosis- i.e. Multiple blood transfusion, - iron chelator have been used.

In brief: Yes

Yes, phlebotomy is the treatment for hereditary hemochromatosis to reduce iron level from the body.
Many, many decades ago, leeches were used to remove " poison in the blood". For other causes of iron overload /hemosiderosis- i.e. Multiple blood transfusion, - iron chelator have been used.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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