Hematochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is the abnormal accumulation of iron in parenchymal organs, leading to organ toxicity. It is the most common inherited liver disease in whites and the most common autosomal recessive genetic disorder.
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Symptoms of Hematochromatosis
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Treatments for Hematochromatosis
- Phlebotomy to rid the body of excess iron and to maintain normal iron stores
- Iron supplements should be avoided
- Patients should limit alcohol consumption and should not eat raw oysters
- Liver transplantation
- Early diagnosis and treatment are important as life expectancy is normal if the condition is treated before complications develop
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Causes of Hematochromatosis
- C282Y homozygotes and, possibly, C282Y/H63D compound heterozygotes, appear to be at risk for clinical iron overload
- Hereditary hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder inherited as an autosomal recessive trait
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Prognosis for Hematochromatosis
Prognosis for Hematochromatosis:
The most important prognostic factor at the time of diagnosis is the presence or absence of hepatic fibrosis or cirrhosis. Patients without significant hepatic fibrosis may be expected to have a normal life expectancy with phlebotomy therapy. Early diagnosis and therapeutic phlebotomy to maintain low normal body stores can prevent all known complications of hemochromatosis.
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