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Hemochromatosis

High iron count

02/07/2007

Question:

what is the cause of high iron in the blood? thank you

Answer:

High levels of serum iron can occur as the result of:

among other conditions. It can also be due to the genetic condition hemochromatosis.

Certain tests are needed to determine if a person has iron overload: a fasting serum iron and total iron binding capacity (TIBC) are used to calculate the transferrin- saturation percentage. Serum ferritin measures the amount of iron stored in the body.

These tests should be ordered by a physician, and if abnormal, genetic testing can be used to confirm the diagnosis of hemochromatosis. Individuals may meet with a physician and genetic counselor to learn more about genetic testing, the inheritance of hemochromatosis, risk to family members, and treatment options.

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Response by:

Amy Curry Sturm, MS, LGC Amy Curry Sturm, MS, LGC
Associate Professor of Human Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University