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Why do people develop hemochromatosis?
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It's in the genes
In hereditary (= inherited from parents) hemochromatosis, too much iron is absorbed by the gut & deposits in tissues.
Liver, heart, other damage can result. It is autosomal recessive: both parents must carry the gene & not all offspring will be affected. Secondary (= due to other causes) hemochromatosis can occur with certain types of hemolytic anemia (red blood cells bursting, releasing iron).

In brief: It's in the genes
In hereditary (= inherited from parents) hemochromatosis, too much iron is absorbed by the gut & deposits in tissues.
Liver, heart, other damage can result. It is autosomal recessive: both parents must carry the gene & not all offspring will be affected. Secondary (= due to other causes) hemochromatosis can occur with certain types of hemolytic anemia (red blood cells bursting, releasing iron).
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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