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Hemochromatosis

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* Not a rare disease

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Overview

Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in the body.  This extra iron is toxic to the body and can damage the organs.[1] Early symptoms of hemochromatosis are nonspecific and may include fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, and loss of sex drive. Later signs and symptoms can include arthritis, liver disease, diabetes, heart abnormalities, and skin discoloration.[2]

Hemochromatosis may be acquired or hereditary. Hereditary hemochromatosis is classified by type depending on the age of onset and other factors such as genetic cause and mode of inheritance.[2] To learn more about the specific types of hereditary hemochromatosis click on the disease names below:

Hemochromotosis type 1
Hemochromatosis type 2

Hemochromatosis type 3
Hemochromatosis type 4

There is also a neonatal form of hemochromatosis:

Neonatal hemochromatosis
Last updated: 5/21/2012

References

  1. Hemochromatosis. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). February 2011; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/hemo/hemo_whatis.html. Accessed 8/10/2011.
  2. Hemochromatosis. Genetics Home Reference. October 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hemochromatosis. Accessed 8/10/2011.
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Basic Information

  • You can obtain information on this topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hemochromatosis. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • The National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) mission encompasses a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. Click on the link to view the information page on this topic.

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  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view this information. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hemochromatosis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
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