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Symptoms of Hemochromatosis

Symptoms of Hemochromatosis: Introduction

Hemochromatosis results in the build-up of high levels of iron in the body, called iron overload. People with hereditary hemochromatosis, the most common form of hemochromatosis, have the disorder from birth, but generally do not begin to experience symptoms until they are in middle age.

Iron overload progresses over years and can eventually lead to organ and tissue damage. Unfortunately, symptoms generally do not appear until organ and tissue damage are already taking place.

Early symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, joint pain, weight loss, and abdominal pain. As the disease progresses symptoms may include the development of arthritis, shortness of breath, and symptoms of dysfunction or failure of ovaries or testes. This can include amenorrhea and impotence.

Advanced hemochromatosis that has not been treated can result in such symptoms and complications as liver damage, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, hypopituitarism, heart failure and other heat diseases and death....more about Hemochromatosis »

Symptoms of Hemochromatosis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Hemochromatosis includes the 15 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Hemochromatosis?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Hemochromatosis:

Joint pain is the most common complaint of people with hemochromatosis. Other common symptoms include fatigue, lack of energy, abdominal pain, loss of sex drive, and heart problems. Symptoms tend to occur in men between the ages of 30 and 50 and in women over age 50. However, many people have no symptoms when they are diagnosed.

If the disease is not detected early and treated, iron will accumulate in body tissues and may eventually lead to serious problems such as

  • Arthritis.
  • Liver disease, including enlarged liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer, and liver failure.
  • Heart abnormalities, such as irregular heart rhythms or congestive heart failure.
  • Impotence.
  • Early menopause.
  • Abnormal pigmentation of the skin, making it look gray or bronze.
  • Damage to the pancreas, possibly causing diabetes.
  • Thyroid deficiency.
  • Damage to the adrenal gland.
(Source: excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK)

Hemochromatosis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Hemochromatosis, it is also important to consider Hemochromatosis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Hemochromatosis may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Hemochromatosis. This signs and symptoms information for Hemochromatosis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Hemochromatosis signs or Hemochromatosis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Hemochromatosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Hemochromatosis symptoms.

 

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