Hemochromatosis is known by many sub categories like Juvenile Hemochromatosis and Classic Hemochromatosis, but the condition is primarily a genetically precipitated condition and refers to excess storage of iron within the body system and the symptoms show up quite early in life, even in childhood. The most frequently reported symptom is the non-functioning of the testes in the males and the ovary in females. There can be other symptoms as well depending on the severity of the condition.
HOW IS HEMOCHROMATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same includes blood tests that your general physician might prescribe. Alongside you can also be tested for genetic mutations. Common testing is done for Serum transferrin saturation and Serum ferritin.
HOW IS HEMOCHROMATOSIS TREATED?
Regular removal of blood from the body is the treatment method for Hemochromatosis. Once iron levels return to normal, less blood is removed. In case of a chronic liver damage due to Hemochromatosis, liver transplant is the only option.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hereditary Hemochromatosis is generally present at birth itself, but difficult to diagnose.