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.
Information on Liver Failure
Liver failure can occur gradually or suddenly. Learn more about the causes of liver failure from the experts at WebMD.
What Is Cirrhosis?
How do you get cirrhosis? What are the stages?
You might need a liver transplant if your liver doesn’t work the way it should. This is called liver failure. Learn more about liver transplantation, including when it may be needed, how candidates are picked, what to expect from the procedure, and what happens after surgery.
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.