Hemochromatosis is a disorder where there’s a build-up of excessive iron in your body. Normally, our intestines absorb the right amount of iron. But if you have Hemochromatosis, your body stores too much and has no way to get rid of it. Too much iron in your body can affect your organs and cause other complications. To prevent organ failure, Venesection for Hemochromatosisis performed. At Bega Medical Centre, we provide the best treatment for you based on your condition, lifestyle and other factors.
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Primary hemochromatosis occurs as a result of genetics. On the other end, secondary hemochromatosis is caused by other blood-related disorders like anaemia or blood transfusions. There is no permanent cure for Hemochromatosis. The only viable treatment option for this disorder is venesection therapy.
As Hemochromatosis is a blood disorder, it can only be detected by testing your serum ferritin levels to see how much iron is accumulated in all your organs. In some instances, the liver might be examined to see if there is any liver damage. If you suspect you have Hemochromatosis, consult with your doctor and get it diagnosed immediately so you can start treatment at once.
Venesection for Hemochromatosis is similar to blood donation. The process involves removing around 450ml to 500ml of blood to remove the excess iron in your body. There are no serious side effects to consider. Occasional dizziness and light-headedness can occur, just as it may happen when you donate blood.
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