Hemochromatosis

Ally & Claire

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Overview

This disease is inherited and afflicts over 1.5 million people in the U.S. Hemochromatosis is essentially when someone has to much iron in their blood. This disease is the most common in the U.S.

Inherited

Hemochromatosis is caused by recessive genes from both parents. A person with hemochromatosis has both of these genes from their parents.

Research

MRI scans and live biopsys may confirm diagnosises of Hemochromatosis. During these scans/ biopsys, doctors will find large amounts of iron that do not belong. If that is the case, they most likely have a case of hemochromatosis.

Symptoms

When you leave Hemochromatosis untreated fatigue, weight loss, weakness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and many more.

Treatments

Patients with Hemochromatosis draw their blood or the procedure called Phlebotomy to get rid of the access iron in their blood. they have to do this only one or two times a week per year or more if it is still bad.
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Works Cited

Bosworth, Michelle Q. "Hemochromatosis." Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders.
2011. N. pag. Gale Virtual Reference. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

"Hemochromatosis." Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Michelle Q. Bosworth. Vol.
3. 2006. N. pag. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.

Hemochromatosis.org. Iron Disorders Institute, n.d. Web. 4 Mar. 2015.
<http://www.hemochromatosis.org/#overview>.