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Doctors for Hemochromatosis in Pondicherry
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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 may be identified because of abnormal blood tests done for other reasons or from screening of family members of people diagnosed with the disease. Blood tests are recommended for further diagnosis. People with abnormal iron tests should undergo genetic testing to confirm the diagnosis. Most people will have two gene mutations. The other tests included are:
• Liver function tests
• Testing for gene mutations
• Liver biopsy
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?
In some cases, patients may suffer from anaemia too, which makes treatment more complicated.