Is there any blood test that you could take to test for hemochromatosis?

Yes. Serum iron - is best conducted after fasting for at least 3 hours. Stop iron or vitamin c at least 3 days before taking the test. Total iron binding capacity - tells how well ur body can bind 2 iron. Serum iron divided by TIBC x 100% gives you important information about the transferrin-iron saturation percentage (ts%). Ts% is usually 25-35%; serum ferritin measures the amount of iron stored in u.
Yes. Transferrin saturation is a fairly good screen but if there is serious suspicion (elevated liver function tests for no obvious reason, family history), a serum ferritin is your best lab.
Yes. The way to start is to check a transferrin saturation. Depending of these results and other findings on physical exam and personal and family history, more tests may follow. We can check for the genetic abnormalities associated with most common type of hereditary hemochromatosis in a gene called hfe, if necessary. There are other genes, but they are more laborious to analyze.

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Is there a blood test you can take for hemochromatosis?

Yes. A good screen for common hemochromatosis is the transferrin saturation, the ratio of iron to iron binding capacity in the blood. Liver enzymes will also be drawn. More than 50% in a woman or 60% in a man is suggestive; follow-up may include serum ferritin, a more costly blood test which if much elevated confirms the diagnosis. Read more...

Hemochromatosis! I'm getting a blood test! Can you tell me about it?

Treatable defect. Hemaochromatosis results from a common genetic variant of an irom metabolism gene that results in excessive absorption and tissue deposition of iron that may lead to diabetes, cirrhosis, heart disease and bronzed skin etc. It can be treated with periodic blood draws to reduce body stores of iron. Read more...
Easy to treat. Of all the common, deadly diseases, it is by far the easiest to manage. It is genetic. You absorb iron too well. It will ruin your liver, heart and joints if not removed by blood donation. Read more...

Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?

Blood letting. The treatment is relatively simple. Periodically, some of your blood is drained out to remove iron along with your red cells. Done regularly it would prevent excess iron accumulation and the usual damage excess iron causes. Read more...