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Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis (Iron Overload Disease) is a genetic disease that causes the liver to store too much iron. Iron is an important vitamin; however, when excessive amounts collect in the liver it becomes overwhelmed. The iron then begins to stockpile in the pancreas, heart and other organs of the body. Eventually the liver is damaged and cirrhosis of the liver can occur. The pancreas and heart can also be severely damaged.

  • Diagnosis: Since hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder, anyone with a family history of the disease should talk to their Bux-Mont physician. A series of blood tests are the first stage in diagnosing the disease. If theses tests indicate a problem, then a liver biopsy may be performed to find out how much iron has accumulated and to detect cirrhosis.
  • Treatment: Early detection is critical to prevent the liver, pancreas, heart and other organs from being severely damaged. In most cases hemochromatosis patients are treated with iron-free diets and by removing blood on a regular basis to keep iron levels low.