Training & Education - Clinical Features
- The iron accumulation rate and the frequency and severity of clinical symptoms vary widely and may be dependent on factors such as age, gender, and diet.
- The most commonly associated early hemochromatosis symptoms are non-specific and may include:
- Weight loss.
- Abdominal pain.
- As iron accumulation progresses, patients may also experience:
- Symptoms of gonadal failure.
- For example, amenorrhea, early menopause, loss of libido, impotence.
- Shortness of breath/dyspnea.
- Maintain a high index of suspicion of hemochromatosis for patients with early signs or symptoms of this disease.
- Iron accumulates in the parenchymal cells of several organs; the liver is a major site followed by the heart and pancreas.
- The liver is usually the first organ to be affected, but signs of organ damage occur in the later stages of the disease.
Primary Disorders Associated with Advanced Hemochromatosis
- Most advanced hemochromatosis complications are also common primary disorders.
- A hemochromatosis diagnosis can be missed even in advanced stages unless looked for specifically.
This is an optional self-quiz and is not required for continuing education credit.
Select the best answers below. If you need help, feel free to go back to Clinical Expression and review.
|Question 1: Which of the following patient presentations might prompt you to consider hemochromatosis?|
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|Question 2: As iron accumulation progresses, patients may experience loss of libido and impotence.|
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- Page last updated: June 15, 2015
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