Haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder in which iron levels in the body slowly build up over many years

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue, weakness, lethargy

  • Abdominal pain; sometimes in the stomach region or the upper right hand side, sometimes diffuseArthritis; may affect any joint but particularly common in the knuckle and first joint of the first two fingers

  • Diabetes (late onset type)

  • Liver disorders; abnormal liver function tests, enlarged liver, cirrhosis
  • Sexual disorders; loss of sex drive, impotence in men, absent or scanty menstrual periods and early menopause in women, decrease in body hair
  • Cardiomyopathy; disease of the heart muscle (not to be confused with disease of the arteries of the heart)
  • Neurological/psychiatric disorders; impaired memory, mood swings, irritability, depression
  • Bronzing of the skin, or a permanent tan

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Haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder in which iron levels in the body slowly build up over many years

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue, weakness, lethargy

  • Abdominal pain; sometimes in the stomach region or the upper right hand side, sometimes diffuseArthritis; may affect any joint but particularly common in the knuckle and first joint of the first two fingers

  • Diabetes (late onset type)

  • Liver disorders; abnormal liver function tests, enlarged liver, cirrhosis
  • Sexual disorders; loss of sex drive, impotence in men, absent or scanty menstrual periods and early menopause in women, decrease in body hair
  • Cardiomyopathy; disease of the heart muscle (not to be confused with disease of the arteries of the heart)
  • Neurological/psychiatric disorders; impaired memory, mood swings, irritability, depression
  • Bronzing of the skin, or a permanent tan

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Haemochromatosis Explained, An Iron Overload Disorder - the symptoms

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Haemochromatosis Explained

Haemochromatosis, or GH (Genetic Haemochromatosis), is a genetic disorder causing the body to absorb an excessive amount of iron from the diet

The iron is deposited in various organs, most importantly the liver, but also the pancreas, heart, endocrine glands, and leg and arm joints.

Usually the liver stores a small amount of iron for the essential purpose of providing new red blood cells with iron, vital for health.

If excessive quantities of iron are stored in the liver it becomes enlarged and can  damaged. Deposits of iron may also occur in other organs and joints, causing serious tissue damage.

Previously it was believed that the disorder was rare, so GH was seldom considered as a possible diagnosis. However, recent surveys of people of Northern European origin have shown a prevalence of 1 in 400 likely to be at risk of developing iron overload. GH is now recognised as being one of the most common genetic disorders.

A Society was set up to provide support and information for those affected by GH. Members recieve information leaflets, treatment record cards, a 'handbook', quarterly newsletter and the opportunity to attend the AGM and hear medical professionals give their updates. For more information please click on 'about the society' in the links on the left.

You can contact them at Hadley Green Rd, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 5PR or call 020 8449 1363. See http://haemochromatosis.org.uk/

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