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A woman was diagnosed with a genetic iron storage disorder, hemochromatosis, after she experienced fatigue, lethargy, myalgia and arthralgia, and underwent a liver biopsy. Iron is released from degraded red blood cells and accumulates in the organs of the body that can cause pain and tiredness. Hemochromatosis is often misdiagnosed as chronic hepatitis, gall bladder disease, thyroid problems and occasionally a mental illness due to mood and personality changes. Treatment is through removing blood via bloodletting every now and then, to decrease the amount of iron. Family screening for the disease can also be conducted through genetic studies.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Hinton Parklander
About: Iron storage disorder
Date: 27 June 2005
Source: Hinton Parklander
Author: Tyler Waugh
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