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Hemochromatosis is a metabolic disorder in which your organs accumulate excess iron, leading to organ damage. Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) affects one in 300 people in the United States. However, it often goes undiagnosed, partially due to its nonspecific symptoms.
When hemochromatosis is diagnosed early, treatment can begin immediately and the prognosis is good. Untreated, hemochromatosis can lead to cirrhosis.
Read a more in-depth article about hemochromatosis, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of hemochromatosis.
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