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Hemochromatosis type 1

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hemochromatosis classic
  • Classic hemochromatosis
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Treatment

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How might hemochromatosis type 1 be treated? 

Treatment for hemochromatosis might include phlebotomy, iron chelation therapy, dietary changes, and treatment for complications.The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of iron in the body to normal levels, prevent or delay organ damage from excess iron, treat complications of hemochromatosis, and maintain normal amounts of iron throughout the lifetime.[1]

Phlebotomy aids in ridding the body of excess iron and maintaining normal iron stores. Most people begin treatment with weekly therapeutic phlebotomy of 500 mL whole blood-although sometimes treatment is initially twice a week. Maintenance phlebotomy usually involves treatment every 2-3 weeks in which 1 unit of blood is removed.[2]

For more detailed information regarding the treatment of hemochromatosis, please reference Medscape at the following link. You may need to register to view the article, but registration is free. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/177216-treatment
Last updated: 12/30/2015

References
  1. How is Hemochromatosis Treated?. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2/2011; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/healthtopics/topics/hemo/treatment. Accessed 12/11/2015.
  2. Andrea Duchini, David Klachko. Hemochromatosis. Medscape. 4/18/2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/177216-overview. Accessed 12/11/2015.


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Other Names for this Disease
  • Hemochromatosis classic
  • Classic hemochromatosis
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.