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Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in your body. Your body needs iron but too much of it is toxic. If you have hemochromatosis, you absorb more iron than you need. Your body has no natural way to get rid of the extra iron. It stores it in body tissues, especially the liver, heart, and pancreas. The extra iron can damage your organs. Without treatment, it can cause your organs to fail.

There are two types of hemochromatosis. Primary hemochromatosis is an inherited disease. Secondary hemochromatosis is usually the result of something else, such as anemia, thalassemia, liver disease, or blood transfusions.

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  1. Hemochromatosis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in your body. Your body needs ... much of it is toxic. If you have hemochromatosis, you absorb more iron than you need. Your ...
  2. Hemochromatosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Disease Organizations ​​ (PDF, 341 KB)​​​​​ Alternate Language URL Hemochromatosis Page Content On this page: What is hemochromatosis? ... Research References For More Information Acknowledgments What is hemochromatosis? Hemochromatosis is the most common form of iron ...
  3. Genetics Home Reference: Hereditary hemochromatosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Hereditary hemochromatosis On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ...
  4. Learning about Hereditary Hemochromatosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute)  
    ... Meeting A 1997 ELSI Report Learning About Hereditary Hemochromatosis What do we know about hereditary hemochromatosis? Is ... Hemochromatosis Information What do we know about hereditary hemochromatosis? Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is a genetic disease that ...
  5. What Causes Hemochromatosis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Hemochromatosis? The two types of hemochromatosis are primary and secondary. Each type has a different cause. Primary Hemochromatosis Primary hemochromatosis is caused by a defect in ...
  6. Living with Hemochromatosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With Hemochromatosis The outlook for people who have hemochromatosis largely ... do to help you. Screening Family Members for Hemochromatosis Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and children (blood ...
  7. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hemochromatosis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hemochromatosis? Hemochromatosis can affect many parts of the body ... the disease don't have signs or symptoms. Hemochromatosis Complications If hemochromatosis isn't found and treated ...
  8. Hemochromatosis (American Liver Foundation)  
    ... info ) Home > Your Liver > Liver Disease Information > Hemochromatosis Hemochromatosis Explore this section to learn more about hemochromatosis, including a description of the disease and how ...
  9. How Is Hemochromatosis Diagnosed? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Hemochromatosis Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose hemochromatosis based on your medical and family histories, a ...
  10. Hemochromatosis From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Hemochromatosis? Hemochromatosis (HE-mo-kro-ma-TO-sis) is a ... poison your organs and cause organ failure. In hemochromatosis, iron can build up in most of your ...
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