Treatment for Hemochromatosis

Risk free and cost effective treatment is available for hemochromatosis. The following methods are followed as general treatment options.

Phlebotomy :

Initially the steps are taken to facilitate the excretion of excessive body iron.This is done just as blood is drawn from the donors.

Pint of Blood:

Based on the iron content a pint of blood is taken for several days, even months together depending on the need.

Blood Ferritin Levels:

Blood ferritin levels are constantly monitored to keep an eye on iron content. The levels are maintained such that, only 25 to 50 micrograms of ferritin per litre of serum is present.

Maintenance Therapy For Hemochromatosis

Once normal iron contents are reached, maintenance therapy is started. This involves giving of a pint of blood for any length of time ranging from few months to life time. Some people may need phlebotomies ( removing or drawing blood in an extreme condition) more often. Supervision by a specialist is needed.

Specialised Hemochromatosis Centres

Specialised hemochromatosis centres are located through out USA. They are.

  • American Hemochromatosis Society, Inc.
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Iron Disorders Institute
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders Inc.

People with hemochromatosis should not take iron or vitamin C supplements.The treatment does not cure the disease. It only facilitates better disease management. Most of the conditions recede with constant treatment. But arthritis does not recede even if the iron content is brought down to normal levels. Timely treatment though prevents other associated conditions such as liver disease, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.

Prognosis for Hemochromatosis

The outcome depends on the sage of the severity of the disease. In patients suffering from other related conditions such as cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver the chances of getting liver cancer is more.

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