afp20010401p1409-uf1Hemochromatosis an Autoimmune Recessive Disease that affect Chromosome 6.

There is a large amount of absorption of iron from dietary means.

As a result Increased iron deposits on liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, and others

Cirrhosis can occur especially with individuals who drink alcohol

Patients can present with diabetes, heart failure, renal problems, and others

Rarely recognized before the 5th decade

Symptoms:

-  Usually asymptomatic
-  Fatigue
-  Joint pain
-  Enlarged liver
-  Skin color changes
-  and others

Diagnosis

MRI

CT

Liver biopsy may be appropriate

Treatment:

-  Avoid foods high in iron
-  Weekly blood draws until adequate iron supplies and then maintenance thereafter.

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