Hemochromatosis happens when too much iron builds up in the body, leading to damage of the liver and heart. The condition tends to run in families, but people sometimes get it from having a lot of blood transfusions, liver disease, or alcoholism, or from taking too many iron pills. Early symptoms include weakness, joint pain, belly pain, and a darkening of the skin. Blood tests will confirm a diagnosis. Treatments include having blood taken out of the body on a regular schedule and taking medicines called chelating agents. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes hemochromatosis, its symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
Inherited Liver Diseases
WebMD explains the symptoms and treatment of hemochromatosis and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, both inherited conditions.
Hemochromatosis is a condition where your body absorbs too much iron. Find out what causes it and what treatments are available.
The Basics of Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis is a liver disease often caused by alcohol use and hepatitis. WebMD explains other causes of this serious condition.
How Can I Prevent Cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis isn’t just caused by years of heavy drinking. WebMD explains other conditions and medications that can raise your risk of developing this serious liver disease -- and steps to take to lower it.