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Iron overload





Cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, cardiomyopathy, arthritis, failure of testicles, grey discoloration of skin, joint pain, bone pain

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Bloodletting, chelation

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Iron overload describes any condition when excess iron in the bloodstream interferes with the function of one or more organs . It has several causes, the most common being:

No matter what the cause, treatment usually consists of bloodletting (the hemoglobin in red blood cells contain most of the body's iron), usually on a weekly basis until iron levels fall back withing range or, if the patient cannot tolerate bloodletting, chelation .

Complications are common and include cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer .

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