Hemochromatosis

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Quiz: Do You Understand Hemochromatosis?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Only a small number of people who have genetic abnormalities ever develop serious hemochromatosis.

Explanation:
Most patients with hemochromatosis in North America have certain genetic abnormalities that originated in Northern Europe. Only a small number of people who have these genetic abnormalities ever develop serious hemochromatosis.
2

Alcoholic liver disease can cause hemochromatosis.

Explanation:
Non-genetic causes of hemochromatosis include conditions such as anemia, chronic hepatitis C infection and alcoholic liver disease.
3

Most people experience many symptoms of hemochromatosis.

Explanation:
Symptoms of hemochromatosis depend on the severity of the disease, and can include fatigue, weight loss, joint pain and stomach pain. Many people with the disease don't have any symptoms other than high levels of iron in their blood.
4

The most common treatment for iron overload is regular phlebotomies.

Explanation:
The most common treatment for iron overload is regular phlebotomies, which involves the intermittent drawing off of a unit or so of blood. This can deplete your body of the excessive iron stores and hopefully prevent any further damage to your body from excessive iron.
5

Dietary changes won't help iron overload.

Explanation:
Your healthcare provider may also recommend dietary changes, such as avoiding uncooked fish and shellfish, as there is a risk of infection in people with diseases such as hemochromatosis; not taking vitamins or supplements that contain iron; limiting your intake of vitamin C (vitamin C helps your body absorb iron from food) and avoiding or limiting alcohol use to prevent liver damage.