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Autosomal-recessive inherited metabolic disorder with increased iron absorption and consecutive hemosiderin deposition and tissue damage in various organs. The total iron content of the organism is increased from normally 3-5 g to 20-80 g.
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Classification of the different Hemochromatosis types:
- Type 1 (classical hemochromatosis): Autosomal recessive mutations of the HFE 1 gene (Hereditary familial hemochromatosis gene 1; gene locus: 6p21.3). Prevalence of clinically manifest hemochromatosis in Europe 1:1,000; m:w=10:1 (cause: iron loss via menstruation).
- Type 2 (juvenile haemochromatosis): rare, autosomal recessive mutations of the HFE 2 gene (hereditary familial haemochromatosis gene 2; gene locus: 1q21). Other forms of type 2 are caused by mutations of the hepcidin antimicrobial peptide gene (HAMP gene; gene locus: 19q13). Iron overload before the age of 30. Often heart failure and hypogonadism.
- Type 3: Autosomal recessive mutations of the transferrin receptor-2 gene (TFR 2 gene; gene locus: 7q22).
- Type 4: Autosomal-dominantly inherited mutations of the SLC11A3 gene (solute carrier family 11 A gene; gene locus: 2q32) with consecutive defect of ferroportin.
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Iron overlay of <10g usually progresses clinically without tangible symptoms (latent stage). Higher tissue iron concentrations (>10g) initially lead to discrete changes and later to manifest hemosiderosis. Clinical manifestations of manifest hemochromatosis related to their percentage frequency:
- liver cirrhosis (94%)
- Skin lesions: (82%):
- smoky-gray, blue-brown or bronze-like, patchy or extensive skin discolorations, especially pronounced on the face, armpits, genital region, also on the lower extremities (see Fig.) as well as on light-exposed areas and on scars
- others: diffuse effluvium
- hepatomegaly (76%)
- weakness, fatigue (73%)
- Potency- libido reduction (56%)
- Diabetes mellitus (53%)
- Upper abdominal pain (50%)
- testicular atrophy (50%)
- arthralgias (47%)
- Cardiomyopathy (35%): There is an increasing deposition of iron in the sarcoplasm of the cardiac myocytes and consequent ventricular dysfunction. Dilatation of the ventricles with signs of heart failure is possible.
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Histology of the skin: Melanin proliferation in the basal stratum and haemosiderin deposits, especially in the deep corium.
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History + Clinic; Laboratory: plasma ferritin ↑ (w=200ug/l; m=>300ug/l); transferrin saturation ↑ (w>45%; m>50%) - Remark: a normal trasferritin saturation largely excludes hemochromatosis. HFE genetic diagnosis (genetic findings can only be assessed in connection with clinical symptoms). Liver biopsy with iron detection (Berlin blue reaction)
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- Iron overlays in hemolytic anemia, e.g. in myelodysplastic syndrome.
- Alcoholic siderosis.
- Siderosis in the context of chronic liver diseases
Dermatological (DD clinical macro aspect)
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Internally: Low iron diet (avoid white beans, peas, lentils, leeks, soybeans, egg yolks, liver, heart, brewer's yeast).
Bloodletting 1 time per week (with 500 ml of blood an average of 250 mg iron is removed).
- If necessary administration of deferoxamine (e.g. Desferal®), 100 mg deferoxamine binds 8 mg iron.
- Alternative: Deferasirox
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- Hanot VC, Chauffard AME (1882) Cirrhosis hypertrophique pigmentaire dans le diabète sucré. Rev Médecine (Paris) 2: 385-403
- Niederau C (2003) Hereditary hemochromatosis. Internist 44: 191-205
- Rihl M et al (2004) Arthropathy of hereditary hemochromatosis. Z Rheumatol 63: 22-29
- Troisier CE (1871) Diabète sucré.Bull Soc Anatomique (Paris) 16: 231
- From Recklinghausen FD (1889) About hemochromatosis. Berliner klin weekday 26: 92
Incoming links (19)Addison's disease; Bloodletting; Bronze diabetes; Cardiomyopathy restrictive; Cirrhosis pigmentaire diabétique; Dermatitis-arthritis syndromes; Dyschromia; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Iron storage disease; Lead pigmentation of the oral mucosa; ... Show all
Outgoing links (8)Addison's disease; Effluvium; Ferritin; Hemosiderosis cutis; Ochronosis; Porphyria cutanea tarda; Transferrin; Wilson's disease;
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