Pediatric Hemochromatosis

Pediatric Hemochromatosis

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What is hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis is an inherited condition that causes the body to absorb too much iron from foods.

At what age is hemochromatosis diagnoses?

Hemochromatosis is a condition that is present at birth (congenital), but is typically not diagnosed until later in life – generally around age 50 or 60. Hemochromatosis is, however, sometimes diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. This is known as juvenile hemochromatosis.

In a person with this condition, the body absorbs too much iron from foods. In turn, that extra iron is stored in the organs, including the liver, heart and pancreas. Extra iron in these organs can cause serious problems, such as liver disease, heart problems and diabetes.

What causes hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis is hereditary (passed down in families) through a mutated gene.

What are the symptoms for hemochromatosis?

Early symptoms

Signs and symptoms that may appear early on in children with this condition include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pain in the joints
  • Weakness

Later symptoms

Signs and symptoms that can appear later include:

Resources

American Hemochromatosis Society 

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