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Hemochromatosis

 

Hemochromatosis is a condition causing excessive absorption of iron from the food consumed leading to excess build up iron in major organs of the body.

Causes

  • Heredity

Symptoms

  • Joint pain or arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Liver problems like cirrhosis, enlargement, cancer
  • Heart problems like heart failure, or irregular heart beats
  • Diabetes
  • Impotence
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Early menopause
  • Hypothyroid

Treatment

  • Phlebotomy to remove blood as in blood donation, regularly for a particular period of time to bring down the iron levels
  • Dietary changes
  • Treatment of any organ damage due to hemochromatosis

Prevention

There is no way to prevent hemochromatosis.