Iron Overload

What is Haemochromatosis?

Haemochromatosis is a condition that occurs when too much iron builds up in the body. Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin, the part of your blood that carries oxygen to all of your cells. When there is too much iron, it can damage the liver and heart and lead to other diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis.

The most common type of haemochromatosis runs in families. This is called hereditary or primary haemochromatosis. People sometimes get it from having a lot of blood transfusions, certain blood problems, liver disease, or an alcohol use disorder. This is called acquired or secondary Haemochromatosis.


We also manage perioperative, geriatric, obstetrical and gynaecological haematology.


Haemochromatosis can be treated to prevent serious problems. But without treatment, Haemochromatosis will continue storing iron in the body. When iron levels are dangerously high, organ and tissue damage can happen.

Therapeutic phlebotomy can effectively remove iron stores and, when performed regularly, will maintain them at normal levels. This is much like the process of giving blood, and is done semi-regularly in order to maintain low iron levels.

If you have a family history of Haemachromatosis or your doctor believes you may have Haemachromatosis get in touch today.


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