Hemochromatosis

What is it?

What is hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder that overloads the amount of iron in your blood causing joint pain, liver failure, and other inter body problems.
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Symptoms

Joint pain
Fatigue
Weakness
Joint pain
Diabetes
Loss of sex drive (libido)
Impotence
Heart failure

"Hemochromatosis." Symptoms. Mayo Clinic, 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

Complications

Enlarged liver
Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
Liver cancer
Liver failure
Arthritis
Osteoporosis
Diabetes (from damage to the pancreas)
Irregular heartbeat

"Diseases & Conditions." Clevland Clinic. Energy Star Partner, 2 Mar. 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

Inheritance

Not sex linked
Recessive trait

"Hereditary Hemochromatosis." Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home Referance, 7 Dec. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

How to detect hemocromatosis

Serum transferring saturation(blood test)

"Hemochromatosis." Tests and Diagnosis. Mayo Clinic, 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

Treatments

Reducing the amount of iron in your body to normal levels
Preventing or delaying organ damage from iron overload
Treating complications of the disease
Maintaining a normal amount of iron in your body for the rest of your life

"How Is Hemochromatosis Treated?" - NHLBI, NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1 Feb. 2011. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

Is there research going on to cure this

There is currently research going on to cure hemochromatosis.

Places to help out with this disorder

http://www.hemochromatosis.org/#overview

https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/classic-hereditary-hemochromatosis/

The American Hemocromatosis Society can also help you out with learning more about the disorder.

Interesting facts

-Depending on how much more iron you have depends on the symptoms and severity.
-The overload of iron is mainly in your liver but that's not true it just depends on where the iron is at and the parts it affects.