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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