Training & Education - Family-based DetectionSummary
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- A hemochromatosis diagnosis identifies a patient who needs treatment and a family potentially at risk.
- Encouraging hemochromatosis patients to urge family members to have biochemical tests for iron overload, (fasting transferring saturation and serum ferritin), is an important disease prevention opportunity.
- Download and print on your letterhead information for patients and their families:
- Talking with Your Family Members About Hemochromatosis. This can be printed on your office letterhead.
- A Letter for patients to give to their immediate family members explaining family-based detection. This letter can be printed on your office letterhead.
- The CDC Brochure Iron Overload and Hemochromatosis: Information for patients and their families.
- Genetic testing in families with HFE-associated hemochromatosis can be particularly useful for determining:
- Who is NOT at increased risk: A family member who has no HFE mutations has the same risk of developing hemochromatosis as the general population.
- If iron overloading is genetic: In a person with hemochromatosis, finding two HFE mutations confirms that iron overloading is genetic.
This is an optional self-quiz and is not required for continuing education credit.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Blood Disorders
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO