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    Old 04-26-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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    Iron level too high

    My son has gone to the doctor several times in the past year and each time his blood work revealed he had a high iron level. It is three times higher than normal. As far as we know we do not have any family member with this problem.
    The doctor suggests a liver biopsy. That sounds so drastic.
    Anyone been through this?

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    Old 04-26-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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    Re: Iron level too high

    Hi there-

    I am not sure exactly why they suggested a liver biopsy (does he drink a lot of alcohol?)but maybe this will help a bit....
    here are some possible causes of high iron levels in blood:

    1) sediroblastic(sp?) anemia
    2)excessive alcohol intake
    3) liver problems (due to excessive alcohol)
    4) hereditary (genetic disorders)

    Elevated iron levels can damage cells and interfere with the functioning of the organs, which may affect the body’s use of insulin, a hormone that helps convert sugar in the blood into energy. Diabetes develops when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot use it properly.

    Men are more prone to iron overload since women lose some iron every month through menstruation.

    Hope this helps some. Get a second opinion on the liver biopsy. But high levels can be dangerous so I would definitely try and figure out what is going on. Good luck!


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