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Old 04-29-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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Do I have Hemochromatosis?

Hello everyone...I'm new to the boards! I have been here reading a lot of threads off and on through-out the past year and decided to come aboard... and ask a few questions.

I recently asked my Rheumatologist if she could put in some lab orders for a full iron panel, because I continue to have fatigue, some abdominal discomfort and headaches. I have RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and figured it may all be from my RA not being controled, which it still may be. But, my Mom has HH (hereditary hemochromatosis) as well as my Grandfather had it and was very curious if I may be developing it myself. I just wanted to see if any of you had any feedback for me regarding my lab results at this point?

Iron: 183 (normal range according to my lab 37-145)
TIBC: 387 (normal range 250-450)
Iron Saturation: 47% (normal range 20%-50%)
Ferritin: 96.1 (normal range 13-126)
Transferrin: 284 (normal range 200-360)

I know most of the results are normal, but the I.S. seems a bit high and my iron is high along with a high normal ferritin. What could this indicate?


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Old 05-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
Almost bionic
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Re: Do I have Hemochromatosis?

As you probably know hemochromatosis is the most common inherited disease among people of northern european descent. In my family of six, one brother has it, one sister does not, and the rest of us are carriers. After my brother was diagnosed, cousins on both sides of the family were tested and discovered that it ran rampant, and that relatives we thought were closet alcoholics probably had hemochromatosis.
You'll want to be genetically tested. Good luck.

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