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What is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Too much bodily iron

As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body.
This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. Transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic.

In brief: Too much bodily iron

As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body.
This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. Transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic.
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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Internal Medicine

In brief: Iron overload

Iron overload are the diseases that cause excess accumulation of iron on various organs and in the long run cause serious damage to those organs.
The most common organ involved is the liver. There are inherited diseases, which cause excess iron in the liver mostly, and less commonly in other organs, such as heart, pancreas, skin etc. There are diseases, which called secondary hemochromatosis.

In brief: Iron overload

Iron overload are the diseases that cause excess accumulation of iron on various organs and in the long run cause serious damage to those organs.
The most common organ involved is the liver. There are inherited diseases, which cause excess iron in the liver mostly, and less commonly in other organs, such as heart, pancreas, skin etc. There are diseases, which called secondary hemochromatosis.
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