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Hereditary hemochromatosis: a prevalent disorder of iron metabolism with an elusive etiology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7942787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hereditary hemochromatosis is a prevalent inherited disorder with an estimated frequency of homozygosity of 0.2 to 0.45% in Caucasians. The disease is characterized by progressive iron overload until a massive accumulation of body iron occurs. Undetected, the disorder eventually can produce either cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, cardiac disease, arthritis, or hepatocellular carcinoma or a combination of these manifestations. Early diagnosis and treatment prevents organ damage and normalizes life expectancy. Screening studies to detect hemochromatosis are most effectively accomplished by measurement of the serum iron and total iron binding capacity. Treatment is most effectively performed by frequent phlebotomy until body stores are empty and then 3 to 4 times yearly for life. The basic defect of hemochromatosis appears to increase iron absorption, decrease iron excretion, and produce preferential deposit of iron in hepatic parenchymal cells rather than Kupffer cells. The genetic abnormality of hemochromatosis is located on chromosome 6 in close association with the gene for HLA antigens. Recent speculation postulates that tumor necrosis factor may be involved in the etiology of this disease because of its location on chromosome 6 and its effect upon iron transport.
M E Conrad; J N Umbreit; E G Moore; R T Parmley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hematology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0361-8609     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hematol.     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-11-18     Completed Date:  1994-11-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610369     Medline TA:  Am J Hematol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
USA Cancer Center, University of South Alabama, Mobile 36688.
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MeSH Terms
Family Health
Hemochromatosis / etiology*,  genetics,  metabolism*
Iron / metabolism*
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