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Liver Center - Metabolic Liver Diseases: Hemochromatosis

Metabolic Liver Diseases
Hemochromatosis

Definition Incidence Risk Factors/Cause
The most common form of iron overload disease in which excess iron is stored in body tissues, especially the liver, heart and pancreas. One of the most common inherited disorders Affects more that 1 million Americans, affects about 5 in 1,000 of the U.S. Caucasian population About 10% of the population are carriers Autosomal recessive trait Caucasians of Northern European descent
Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment/Prevention
Joint pain
Fatigue
Lack of energy
Abdominal pain
Skin bronzing
Impotence
Cardiomyopathy or arrhythmia
Diabetes mellitus
Medical History
Physical Exam
Blood tests
CT Scan
MRI
Liver biopsy
Genetic Testing
Phlebotomy
Abstinence from
iron supplements