Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hemochromatosis Underlying Cause

Facts about the cause of hemochromatosis:

  • The cause of childhood hemochromatosis is unknown.
  • Hemochromatosis that occurs in adults is inherited.
  • In each case, too much iron is absorbed by the intestine, which leads to high levels of iron in the liver, pancreas, heart, and other organs.
  • High levels of iron are toxic to organs, and can result in organ failure.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Hemochromatosis References
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