Symptoms of Hemochromatosis
General information about symptoms of Hemochromatosis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Hemochromatosis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Hemochromatosis. Furthermore, symptoms of Hemochromatosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Hemochromatosis.
List of symptoms of Hemochromatosis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Hemochromatosis includes:
- No early symptoms
- Non-specific symptoms - the initial symptoms are insidious and vague
- Skin color changes
- Bronze skin
- Joint pain - the most common complaint
- Lack of energy
- Chronic fatigue
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Heart problems
- Liver disease
- Liver symptoms
Symptoms of Hemochromatosis: Joint pain is the most common complaint of people with hemochromatosis. Other common symptoms include fatigue, lack of energy, abdominal pain, loss of sex drive, and heart problems. Symptoms tend to occur in men between the ages of 30 and 50 and in women over age 50. However, many people have no symptoms when they are diagnosed.
If the disease is not detected early and treated, iron will accumulate in body tissues and may eventually lead to serious problems such as
- Liver disease, including enlarged liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer, and liver failure.
- Heart abnormalities, such as irregular heart rhythms or congestive heart failure.
- Early menopause.
- Abnormal pigmentation of the skin, making it look gray or bronze.
- Damage to the pancreas, possibly causing diabetes.
- Thyroid deficiency.
- Damage to the adrenal gland.
More symptoms of Hemochromatosis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Hemochromatosis, underlying causes of Hemochromatosis, associated conditions for Hemochromatosis, risk factors for Hemochromatosis, or other related conditions.
Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:
1. excerpt from Hemochromatosis: NIDDK
Last revision: May 28, 2003
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