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Is iron overload/hereditary hemochromatosis "curable"?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes as long as the iron is removed before irreversible damage like cirrhosis or diabetes has occurred.
Phlebotomy is the best way to remove the iron.

In brief: Yes

Yes as long as the iron is removed before irreversible damage like cirrhosis or diabetes has occurred.
Phlebotomy is the best way to remove the iron.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Manage it

Hereditary hemochromatosis is lethal if missed but very easy to manage with regular phlebotomy as required.
Because it is a genetic disease for which gene therapy is not an option, it is not curable. However, these people lead normal lives once the diagnosis is made and phlebotomy instituted.

In brief: Manage it

Hereditary hemochromatosis is lethal if missed but very easy to manage with regular phlebotomy as required.
Because it is a genetic disease for which gene therapy is not an option, it is not curable. However, these people lead normal lives once the diagnosis is made and phlebotomy instituted.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Deborah Josefson
there are also iron binding medications that may help
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, in women becaus

Their menstrual cycle usually don't get the disease and if excessive iron is removed before damage is done.

In brief: Yes, in women becaus

Their menstrual cycle usually don't get the disease and if excessive iron is removed before damage is done.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

This disease is not curable.
However treatment is usually nonpharmacology therapy with phlebotomy on a prn basis depend on hematocrit level.Prognosis is good it start early.

In brief: No

This disease is not curable.
However treatment is usually nonpharmacology therapy with phlebotomy on a prn basis depend on hematocrit level.Prognosis is good it start early.
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Hemochromatosis is a genetically predetermined condition and, as such, is not curable.
It is treatable via transfusions and iron chelators, but you can't change your genetics.

In brief: No

Hemochromatosis is a genetically predetermined condition and, as such, is not curable.
It is treatable via transfusions and iron chelators, but you can't change your genetics.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: No

Hereditary hemochromatosis related to the hfe gene: treatable, yes.
Curable, no. Not to be confused with other causes of iron overload.

In brief: No

Hereditary hemochromatosis related to the hfe gene: treatable, yes.
Curable, no. Not to be confused with other causes of iron overload.
Dr. Lance Stein
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