This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Abnormal absence of menstruation
Low number of red blood cells or hemoglobin
Disease of the heart muscle
Scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver
|Elevated hepatic transaminase||
High liver enzymes
Tiredness[ more ]
|Hyperpigmentation of the skin||
Patchy darkened skin
Difficulty getting a full erection
Difficulty getting an erection[ more ]
|Increased serum ferritin||
Elevated serum ferritin
High ferritin level
Increased serum ferritin level[ more ]
|Increased serum iron||0003452|
Decreased blood lymphocyte number
Low lymphocyte number[ more ]
Low blood neutrophil count
Low neutrophil count[ more ]
Red or purple spots on the skin
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Differential diagnosis includes: i) for hyperferritinemia: alcoholism, polymetabolic syndrome, inflammatory conditions; ii) for visceral iron overload: a) in younger patients: type 2 hemochromatosis (see this term) and post-transfusional iron overload in the case of hematological diseases such as thalassemia major, sickle cell disease, and rare anemias (see these terms) b) in older patients: Type 1 hemochromatosis and post-transfusional iron overload (especially myelodysplastic syndromes).
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
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