Diagnosis and Testing

Diagnosis and testing for hemochromatosis

Ferritin Level

Ferritin Level in Hemochromatosis

Ferritin in Hemochromatosis Ferritin is often called the “storage” location for iron in the body. In someone without hemochromatosis, it is the second most common place where iron is found in the body (second only to hemoglobin) and provides a necessary role for providing a “savings account” for iron for times of famine or low-iron, …

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Therapeutic Phlebotomy for Hemochromatosis

Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Therapeutic phlebotomy is the cornerstone, front line, most important element of hemochromatosis treatment. In hemochromatosis, therapeutic phlebotomy is a procedure that removes blood from a person’s body with the specific goal of reducing iron overload. Therapeutic phlebotomy involves the same procedure as blood donation; the primary difference is how often we give blood.  Phlebotomy (aka …

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The Genetics of Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis Genetics

What is Type 1 Hereditary Hemochromatosis? Hereditary hemochromatosis is a genetic condition in which people absorb too much iron from their diet. While iron is good for you in the proper amounts, the hemochromatosis gene may cause excess absorption of iron. Eventually, this increased iron absorption leads to iron overload. There are several types of …

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Hereditary Hemochromatosis – One of the Most Common Genetic Diseases

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Understanding Hemochromatosis and Iron Overload You are not alone! Millions of individuals and their families from around the world are affected by iron overload. Whether caused by Type 1 hereditary hemochromatosis or another condition leading to excess iron in the body, the shared reality is a struggle to find answers. Perhaps this is why you …

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