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What is hemochromatosis & what is the symptom's and treatment - we understand it is heredity, however no one in family effected no more to give

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Deadly to miss

Hemochromatosis is a genetic tendency to absorb iron overly well through the gut.
This has its plusses but in the long run, in the absence of bleeding or iron loss from periods / pregnancies, too much iron accumulates. The liver failure, diabetes, joint pain at thumb base, dark skin are familiar; it's the easiest really bad disease to treat (drain blood) & folks feel much better.

In brief: Deadly to miss

Hemochromatosis is a genetic tendency to absorb iron overly well through the gut.
This has its plusses but in the long run, in the absence of bleeding or iron loss from periods / pregnancies, too much iron accumulates. The liver failure, diabetes, joint pain at thumb base, dark skin are familiar; it's the easiest really bad disease to treat (drain blood) & folks feel much better.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Hemochromatosis is more likely to develop clinically when a dose of the gene comes from Dad and another comes from Mom. So don't be surprised if you're the first -- and hemochromatosis is often missed (I'm an autopsy pathologist!) Glad the call was made.
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