Excessive Iron

Krismawati By Krismawati, 21st Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Iron deficiency or anemia is a common issue that sometimes found in some people, especially women who have a lot of blood loss due to menstruation and pregnancy. But what about the fate of people with iron overload? What happen to them? What is the symptoms? Is it dangerous? How's the treatment?

Excessive Iron

Haemochromatosis or haemosiderosis is a condition where the body has iron overload due to various factors and in general is an inherited disorder whose cases are more common in Caucasian races, especially men. This is because women generally can remove excess iron in blood through menstruation and pregnancy.
Haemochromatosis inherited generally appear between the ages of 30 and 60 years after the buildup of iron derived from body metabolism disturbances that have occurred over the years accumulated. Nevertheless, cases of haemochromatosis can also occur in children. Haemochromatosis that is not diagnosed early and not treated can affect the liver, heart and pancreas that lead to the failure of organs and be fatal.
The problem is, the initial examination of this disease is often misdiagnosed because it provides a common early symptoms and is similar to other ailments that become ambiguous. In some cases, patients suffering this disease is detected has hemochromatosis after spending much of costs and go to many doctors.
The most appropriate detection efforts is to do a blood test in the form of serum ferritin tests and transferring saturation test. A full range of blood tests that check excess iron which is now cost more than $100.
Although it is an inherited disorder, but the disease was detected arising from such things as medical process called blood transfusion, or also because of intake of foods containing excessive iron. Based on these findings, there is a hope that the emergence of this disease can be prevented by diet with iron intake reduction such as limiting consumption of red meat, liver, spinach and other foods that contain high iron. Also included limiting alcohol consumption. In patients who are already suffering from haemochromatosis, even sometimes have to avoid these foods altogether. This diet is not a diet as most are done for a certain period. As a legacy abnormalities, especially if there is a family history of this disorder, low iron diet should be the diet for life.
If the disease has existed, the way of healing done by removing about 500 milliliters of blood (about 15 ounces) per week to achieve normal plasma iron levels. Furthermore, the blood will be issued every 3 or 4 months to maintain normal iron levels. The process is similar to taking blood in a blood donor, but the treatment is not as simple as it seems because sometimes patients may also experience anemia due to the process. If that happens, the patient will be given deferoxamine (produced by the bacterium Streptomyces pilosus Actinobacteria), a chelating agent as a counterweight iron in the body.

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