Diagnostic Tests for Hemochromatosis
Diagnostic tests for Hemochromatosis:
Haemochromotosis typically has a late onset owing to gradual build-up of toxic levels of iron in body cells. For men, HHC typically appears in 30's-50's, though it can appear after age 20. It is later in women owing to iron loss from menstruation, often delayed until after menopause or even the 60's. However, HHC can occur before menopause in women. Other causes of loss of blood can also delay onset of iron overload symptoms, such as blood donations, ulcers, etc.
Hemochromatosis: Diagnostic Tests
The list of diagnostic tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Hemochromatosis
Home Diagnostic Testing
These home medical tests may be relevant to Hemochromatosis:
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Hemochromatosis:
A thorough medical history, physical examination, and routine blood
tests help rule out other conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
This information often provides helpful clues, such as a family history of
arthritis or unexplained liver disease.
Blood tests can determine whether the amount of iron stored in the body
is too high. The transferrin saturation test determines how much iron is
bound to the protein that carries iron in the blood. The serum ferritin
test shows the level of iron in the liver. If either of these tests shows
higher than normal levels of iron in the body, doctors can order a special
blood test to detect the HFE mutation, which will help confirm the
diagnosis. (If the mutation is not present, hemochromatosis is not the
reason for the iron buildup, and the doctor will look for other causes.) A
liver biopsy, in which a tiny piece of liver tissue is removed and
examined under a microscope, will disclose how much iron has accumulated
in the liver and whether it is damaged.
(Source: excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK)
Diagnosis of Hemochromatosis: medical news summaries:
The following medical news items
are relevant to diagnosis of Hemochromatosis: