Hemochromatosis happens when too much iron builds up in the body, leading to damage of the liver and heart. The condition tends to run in families, but people sometimes get it from having a lot of blood transfusions, liver disease or alcoholism or from taking too many iron pills. Early symptoms include weakness, joint pain, belly pain and darkening of the skin.
HOW IS HEMOCHROMATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Hemochromatosis gene (HFE) testing is a blood test used to check for hereditary hemochromatosis, an inherited disorder that causes the body to absorb too much iron.
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?
Many of the symptoms of Hemochromatosis may not show up at all in both men and women.