K.J. Allen

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

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Hereditary haemochromatosis is an inherited iron storage disorder in which altered iron metabolism leads to an increase in intestinal iron absorption. This results in a progressive accumulation of body iron stores particularly in the liver, heart, pancreas, and pituitary. The excess iron deposited in tissues may result in cirrhosis, diabetes, cardiac failure and arrhythmias, hypogonadism, arthritis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and a shortened life expectancy.

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