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  1. What is Hemochromatosis and its treatment ?

    Hemochromatosis is a disorder that results from too much iron being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract…

    There are two types: Primary and Secondary. Primary hemochromatosis has a genetic cause and is hereditary. One can be a carrier (can pass it on) and have no symptoms. Secondary hemochromatosis is an acquired condition, caused by another disease, such as thalassemia, or sideroblastic anemia, is not uncommon in individuals who have received a large amount of blood transfusions. Primary hemochromatosis is more common.

    Therapeutic phlebotomy is the most effective method of removing excess iron from the body. Based on initial hemoglobin and serum ferritin levels, a specified amount of blood is removed from the body at regular intervals, sometimes weekly. This treatment continues until the iron levels are shown to be normal. This can take years for some individuals. Phlebotomy is required much less often once levels are normal, and individuals may be asked to come in every 2-3 months for maintenance blood draws.

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