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What is Hemochromatosis?

What is Hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis is a common disorder in which there is a high level of iron accumulates in the tissues and organs in the ...more »

  • Hemochromatosis: Excess of iron leading to problems with joints, liver, heart and pancreas.
  • Hemochromatosis: A disorder due to the deposition of hemosiderin in the parenchymal cells, causing tissue damage and dysfunction of the liver, pancreas, heart, and pituitary. Full development of the disease in women is restricted by menstruation, pregnancy, and lower dietary intake of iron. Acquired hemochromatosis may be the result of blood transfusions, excessive dietary iron, or secondary to other disease. Idiopathic or genetic hemochromatosis is an autosomal recessive disorder of metabolism associated with a gene tightly linked to the A locus of the HLA complex on chromosome 6. (From Dorland, 27th ed)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Hemochromatosis: pathology in which iron accumulates in the tissues; characterized by bronzed skin and enlarged liver and diabetes mellitus and abnormalities of the pancreas and the joints.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Hemochromatosis: Introduction

Types of Hemochromatosis:

Types of Hemochromatosis:

Broader types of Hemochromatosis:

How many people get Hemochromatosis?

Prevalance of Hemochromatosis: more than 1 million Americans (CDC); 5 per 1000 in Caucasians (NIDDK); 1-in-200 to 1-in-300
Prevalance Rate of Hemochromatosis: approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Hemochromatosis: 1.5 million Americans (Hemochromatosis Foundation)
Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Hemochromatosis: approx 1 in 181 or 0.55% or 1.5 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Hemochromatosis: About 5 people in 1,000 (0.5 percent) of the U.S. Caucasian population carry two copies of the hemochromatosis gene and are susceptible to developing the disease. (Source: excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK)

Who gets Hemochromatosis?

Profile for Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is less common in African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and American Indians.

Men are about five times more likely to be diagnosed with hemochromatosis than women. Men also tend to develop problems from the excess iron at a younger age. (Source: excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK)

Gender Profile for Hemochromatosis: Men 5 times more likely, and men get it earlier

How serious is Hemochromatosis?

Complications of Hemochromatosis: see complications of Hemochromatosis
Deaths for Hemochromatosis: 238 deaths (NHLBI 1999)

What causes Hemochromatosis?

Causes of Hemochromatosis: see causes of Hemochromatosis
Cause of Hemochromatosis: There are several causes of haemochromotosis. However, the most common is a genetic defect (hereditary hemochromatosis) that is inherited from family history and thus you have it at birth. However, family members won't necessarily have it themselves, but be silent "carriers" who have some of the genes. Some people end up with the right mixture of genes and get HHC. But some people who even have the right (i.e. wrong) mixture of genes, still don't get HHC.
Causes of Hemochromatosis: Healthy people usually absorb about 10 percent of the iron contained in the food they eat. People with hemochromatosis absorb about 20 percent. The body has no natural way to rid itself of excess iron, so extra iron is stored in body tissues, especially the liver, heart, and pancreas. (Source: excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK)
Risk factors for Hemochromatosis: see risk factors for Hemochromatosis

What are the symptoms of Hemochromatosis?

Symptoms of Hemochromatosis: see symptoms of Hemochromatosis

Complications of Hemochromatosis: see complications of Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Hemochromatosis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Hemochromatosis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Hemochromatosis: Hepatologist, Gastroenterologist, Hematologist, Endocrinologist, Cardiologist, Rheumatologist, Medical Geneticist, Hepatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Hemochromatosis.
Treatments for Hemochromatosis: see treatments for Hemochromatosis
Prevention of Hemochromatosis: see prevention of Hemochromatosis
Research for Hemochromatosis: see research for Hemochromatosis

Organs Affected by Hemochromatosis:

Organs and body systems related to Hemochromatosis include:

Name and Aliases of Hemochromatosis

Main name of condition: Hemochromatosis

Other names or spellings for Hemochromatosis:

Iron Overload, Haemochromatosis, bronze diabetes, HHC

Haemochromatosis Source - Diseases Database

Iron-storage disease, Iron overload, Bronzed diabetes, Hemochromatosis, Iron-storage disease, Bronzed diabetes
Source - WordNet 2.1

Hemochromatosis: Related Conditions

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