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Iron overload
Pathology
Type

Varies

Cause(s)

Various

Symptoms

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

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

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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