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What is Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

What is Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis: A genetic disorder where too much iron is absorbed from food and it is stored in various parts of the body which can cause damage. There are 4 types of hemochromatosis and they are distinguished by age of onset, genetic cause and type of inheritance. Some sufferers may be asymptomatic.

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Hereditary Hemochromatosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Introduction

Types of Hereditary Hemochromatosis:

Broader types of Hereditary Hemochromatosis:

How many people get Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Prevalance of Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is one of the most common autosomal recessive disorders among Caucasians in the United States; however, only a small proportion of these people suffer any symptoms. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

How serious is Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Complications of Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see complications of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

What causes Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Causes of Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see causes of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

What are the symptoms of Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Symptoms of Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see symptoms of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Complications of Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see complications of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Can anyone else get Hereditary Hemochromatosis?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Hereditary Hemochromatosis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Hereditary Hemochromatosis.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see treatments for Hereditary Hemochromatosis
Research for Hereditary Hemochromatosis: see research for Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Name and Aliases of Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Main name of condition: Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Other names or spellings for Hereditary Hemochromatosis:

Haemochromatosis, familial, bronzed cirrhosis, bronze diabetes, familial hemochromatosis, genetic hemochromatosis, haemochromatosis, HC, hemochromatoses, HH, HLAH, iron storage disorder, pigmentary cirrhosis, primary hemochromatosis, Troisier-Hanot-Chauffard syndrome, Von Recklenhausen-Applebaum disease

Hereditary Hemochromatosis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Hereditary Hemochromatosis:


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