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What specialist treats hemochromatosis?

11/13/2007

Question:

I would like to know what sort of specialist usually treats hemochromatosis -- a hematologist? Is a primary physician usually the one to make the diagnosis?

Thank you!

Answer:

Hemochromatosis is usually treated by a patient’s primary care or family physician or a hematologist. A primary physician usually makes the initial diagnosis based on iron panel testing. Also, confirmatory genetic testing can be ordered. It is helpful for a genetic counselor and/or geneticist to help in interpreting the genetic testing results and providing genetic counseling and risk assessment for the patient and other family members.

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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