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How serious is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Can be deadly

Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary.
If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism.

In brief: Can be deadly

Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary.
If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can be serious

Iron overload in hemochromatosis can be quite serious and result in damage to a number of organs.
Liver damage is the most serious and may result in cirrhosis of the liver. Other problems may include damage to the heart with arrythmia and congestive heart failure.

In brief: It can be serious

Iron overload in hemochromatosis can be quite serious and result in damage to a number of organs.
Liver damage is the most serious and may result in cirrhosis of the liver. Other problems may include damage to the heart with arrythmia and congestive heart failure.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Extremely

Untreated, it will kill you slowly and miserably.
It is extremely easy to manage with phlebotomy.

In brief: Extremely

Untreated, it will kill you slowly and miserably.
It is extremely easy to manage with phlebotomy.
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