Hemochromatosis is an inherited medical condition that causes the body to absorb too much iron from the food consumed. This excess iron that is absorbed is stored in the liver, heart and pancreas, leading to life-threatening conditions. Symptoms are:
• Joint pain
• Abdominal pain
HOW IS HEMOCHROMATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of this rare condition has to be done through the Hemochromatosis Gene Test. This test can reveal the details to the General Physician or if you have reached a Pediatrician, the extent of risk of Hemochromatosis in someone, especially if a parent or a close relative already has an identified condition of Hemochromatosis.
HOW IS HEMOCHROMATOSIS TREATED?
Once identified, the treatment suggested for Hemochromatosis is usually Therapeutic Phlebotomy. This treatment involves removing blood from the veins. Since the excess iron is absorbed in the blood and stays there, removing blood can bring down the iron levels. Simultaneously, through dietary modifications and internal medicines, the doctor will ensure further quantities of iron do not accumulate. With repeated courses of Therapeutic Phlebotomy, the condition is treated.
DID YOU KNOW?
Treating hereditary hemochromatosis can help alleviate symptoms of tiredness, abdominal pain and skin darkening. It can help prevent serious complications such as liver disease, heart disease and diabetes. If you already have one of these conditions, phlebotomy may slow the progression of the disease, and in some cases even reverse it.