Hemochromatosis-Contributed by Dr Gurjit Kaur


Hemochromatosis

Contributed by: Dr Gurjit Kaur

E-mail id: dr.gurjitkaur@yahoo.com

 

Hemochromatosis is a metabolic disorder that results in excess deposits of iron in the liver, pancreas, and other iron-storing organs.

Symptoms

Hemochromatosis can cause cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, diabetes, enlarged heart, congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. Loss of libido and testicular atrophy result from pituitary failure. Other, less common symptoms include abdominal pain, and arthritis.

 

Treatment

Treatment involves the removal of 500 milliliters (about 15 ounces) of blood weekly until normal plasma iron levels are established. After that, blood is removed every 3 or 4 months to maintain normal iron levels.

Occasionally, anemia results from removal of the blood. When this occurs, the chelating agent deferoxamine is given to prevent anemia. Patients should adhere to a low-iron diet, avoiding foods such as liver, red meats, or iron-enriched breads and cereals.

 

Homoeopathic treatment

Symptomatic treatment is required for the condition.

Some useful homoeopathic medicines for such condition:-

Ars, cal-p, china, chin-a, cupr, ferr, ferr-p, hep, iod, ipecac, merc, nat-m, puls, sulph, Thea, Verrat, zinc.

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